Meet the “Superwoman” swooping into late night TV.
YouTube star Lilly Singh announced on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” Thursday night that she is taking over Carson Daly’s 1:35 a.m. slot this fall.
The 30-year-old first began posting on YouTube in 2010 under the nickname Superwoman, based on her childhood belief that she could do and be anything, which she gradually grew into her channels IISuperwomanII and SuperwomanVlogs that count more than 14.5 million and 2.8 million subscribers, respectively. She was the highest-earning woman on YouTube in 2016, and was ranked 10th on Forbes 2017 list of the highest-paid YouTube stars, pulling in $10.5 million thanks in part to her reported six-figure advance for her New York Times best-selling book “How to Be a Bawse,” which was drawn from her inspirational vlogs.
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“I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch, I get to make it inclusive, I get to create comedy segments and interview people and really create something that I believe in,” Singh said of her upcoming show, which will be called “Little Late with Lilly Singh.” She was already breaking boundaries and pushing inclusivity on YouTube, where only 22% of the creators of the 5,000 most-subscribed channels are people of color, as Adweek reported. Now she will be the only woman hosting a daily late-night show on a major broadcast network. She is also one of few women of color and an openly queer woman starring in a late night show.
She joked that the format of half-hour program, which will premiere in September, will be “kind of like my YouTube channel, but just now I have more than three staff members.” It will mix pretaped comedy sketches with in-studio interviews. Her channels are known for incorporating her Punjabi culture while mining the comedy of everyday life and family situations, like, “The Time My Real Parents React To My Instagram Pictures.”
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Singh, who has also appeared in 2016’s “Bad Moms” and HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451,” made her announcement a month after NBC announced that “Last Call with Carson Daly” was ending after almost two decades. (Daly will continue working on the “Today” show and “The Voice” on NBC.)
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She gushed some more on Instagram, captioning a photo with Fallon and Seth Meyers (from “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” who also came on Fallon’s show Thursday to toast Singh with champagne) with:
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