HUMANITAS Winner Larry Wilmore on His Upcoming Series
Black is the new black.
Incoming Comedy Central host, Larry Wilmore — who is replacing Stephen Colbert (the incoming CBS “Late Show” host) with his own topical program, “The Minority Report” — says it’s high time audiences embraced a black late-night host.
“I like my fish blackened, steak blackened and I don’t see why late night shouldn’t be blackened as well — it’s just tastier,” he told The News.
“The audience is looking for different voices and wants to hear something different, and they get tired of hearing the same thing. I think there is a huge opportunity to make a dent in that, and I am really looking forward to that.”
The new show is expected to debut in January.
Wilmore, who has ties to Los Angeles, says his new show will not be celebrity-focused and will be based in New York City, to make it easier to attract political guests.
“Being on the East Coast, it is easier to get guests in politics and some social areas we are going to be talking about,” says Wilmore. “It won’t be a celebrity-driven show as much as a political-social type of show.”
And don’t expect “Minority Report” to be a knockoff of Colbert’s hit show, although both are produced by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.
“It’s very early on, and we have had some discussions with Jon Stewart about it, and we have talked about what it is we want to do, and we will start very simple,” says Wilmore.
“The show is really about having a conversation, and we will start with a simple idea and we will grow from that. I feel the pressure the night before the first show and I will feel my performer’s jitters,” says Wilmore. “At this stage it is very exciting to think about the things we are going to do.”
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