Who Is Lilly Singh? How Late Night’s First Female Host in Decades Got Her Start
If you’re an avid YouTube watcher, you’ve probably already heard of Lilly Singh. If not, you’ll probably hear about her soon.
Singh is scheduled to take over the Last Call with Carson Daly spot on NBC in September. Her show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will have both comedy sketches and in-studio interviews like many of its counterparts.
Singh is an Indian-Canadian comedian and actress who first gained popularity for her videos on her YouTube channel IISuperwomanII. In the eight years she has been posting videos to YouTube, Singh has amassed 14 million followers. Singh was ranked 10th on Forbes’ list of best paid YouTube stars in 2017, earning a reported $10.5 million.
Fittingly, on YouTube Red, Singh released her first feature film, called A Trip to Unicorn Island, a behind-the-scenes documentary of her tour. She also has taken her skills to the big screen, appearing in films such as Fahrenheit 451 and Bad Moms and has published a New York Times bestselling book, called How to be a Bawse.
In addition to her comedy and acting work, Singh is involved in philanthropic efforts, serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2017.
Singh will be the first woman to be at the helm of a network late night show, since Cynthia Garrett hosted Later on NBC in 2000-2001. And more than 30 years ago, Joan Rivers hosted The Late Show on Fox for two years starting in 1986. But Singh is still in good company. Busy Philipps and Samantha Bee host their own late night shows on cable networks E! and TBS, respectively.
Editor’s Note, April 1: This article previously said Lilly Singh was the first woman to host a network late night show since Joan Rivers. It has now been updated to reflect Cynthia Garrett’s time on NBC in the early 2000s.