Larry Wilmore, producer, writer, and frequent correspondent for The Daily Show, is taking over Stephen Colbert’s time slot starting January 19, 2015.
This is The Colbert Report‘s last week on Comedy Central, with the final episode set to air on December 18th. Stephen Colbert will go on to inherit David Letterman’s late night talk show on CBS.
Last night, his guest was Seth Rogen, who was there to promote his controversial movie The Interview, a comedy about two journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Colbert didn’t shy away from mentioning the controversy or the Sony hacking scandal, even doing a whole segment on Kim Jong-Un and a bizarre rule prohibiting North Korean citizens from having the same name as their leader. Rogen appeared visibly awkward and uncomfortable during the interview portion. He finished by saying he had no future plans to visit North Korea, and just to be on the safe, he would stay away from Korean BBQ food, as well.
Today, Seth Rogen and James Franco canceled all of their media appearances for The Interview in light of a threat made against theaters for showing the movie.
The Colbert Report‘s guest tonight is rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The promo (above) for The Nightly Show features Larry Wilmore talking to a bunch of patrons in a coffee shop about his upcoming late night show. He even takes a picture with a couple carrying a selfie stick. The title was changed from The Minority Report to The Nightly Show because of copyright issues.
David Letterman’s final Late Show will be on May 20, 2015.
As much as I’m sad to see Stephen Colbert go, I’m excited to see what Larry Wilmore does with the late night talk show format. It’s an area dominated by straight white men: Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and Conan O’Brien. Ferguson is retiring, as well, only for his show to be taken over by James Corden, another white comedian from overseas. It’s nice to see at least one non-white male presence in late night.
Sad to see The Colbert Report ending? Are you going to watch The Nightly Show?