Lilly Singh, becomes first Indian-origin woman to host late night show
Comedian and YouTube star Lilly Singh is set to host her own TV show on NBS, becoming the first woman late-night host on a broadcast network and the first woman of Indian origin to do so.
The talk show 'A Little Late with Lilly Singh' by the 30-year-old comedian, whose videos under the moniker Superwoman have over 14 million subscribers, will start airing from this September.
The actress, comedian and author will replace Carson Daly in the 1:35 a.m. slot and will feature in-studio interviews with celebrities and comedy sketches.
Singh described herself in a tweet in February as “female,” “coloured,” and “bisexual". A native of Ontario, Singh's parents hail from Punjab and she began her YouTube channel from her home in 2010 the year she graduated from York University in Toronto.
She uploads satirical videos on South Asian stereotypes on her channel with self-deprecating observational comedy. Actors Priyanka Chopra and Dwanye Johnson and even Michelle Obama have appeared on her channel.
Lilly made the official announcement for her show while appearing on another late night show, 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.'
“I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!” she wrote on her Instagram page.
Notably, Lilly will be the first openly bisexual woman to host a late night talk show on television.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true. I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild,” Variety quoted her as saying.
Her channel 'IISuperwomanII' begun in 2010 became immensely popular among the people across the world, especially the Indian diaspora, for her humorous acting on gender relations, NRI mannerisms, and typical habits of Indian parents residing in any country.
In her early videos, she posted a tutorial on wrap a Sikh turban and introduces viewers to her “parents” she dons a poofy wig and beard to play her fictional father whom she depicts as a belligerant disciplinarian and her fictional mother as a controlling busybody in glasses and a chunni.
Fans of Singh call themselves 'Team Super.'