New York: 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 social media 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 include 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.’ Im so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I am numb. I cant even process. This has been SO long in the making and so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! she wrote on her Instagram page.
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I canâ€™t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* Iâ€™m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! Iâ€™m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. Iâ€™m numb. I canâ€™t even process. This has been SO long in the making and Iâ€™m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Thereâ€™s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… itâ€™s time to work. Itâ€™s time to make magic. Itâ€™s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings ðŸ™ðŸ½ #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay
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 am 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.
Born on September 26, 1988, to Malwinder Kaur and Sukhwinder Singh, who were originally from Punjab, Lilly grew up in Toronto.
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 includes a tutorial on wrap a Sikh turban and introduces viewers to her 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.
Also an actress, Lilly essayed the role of Raven in HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.
The 30-year-old won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite YouTube Star in January 2017.
Fans of Singh calls themselves ‘Team Super’ Singh visited Mumbai in 2014 for YouTube FanFest and then again in 2017 on a multiple city tour. She was again in India to promote her ‘How to be a bawse’.
Singh has also appeared in films including ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ and ‘Bad Moms’. Singh is also an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.