“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” (NBC) A Review

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“YAS, QUEEN!” says me when I watch A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Since the show comes on at 1:35am Eastern Standard Time in the United States, I record the show to watch it in the morning. After two months of the show, my kids are used to me shouting at the television during their breakfast “YES, GIRL!,” “YOU OWN IT, SUPERWOMAN!”

If you read my first Lilly post, then you know why I’m excited. Lilly gets my full support for as long as the show runs. Here’s my quick review:

The GOOD

Lilly. It’s easy to see why the multi-hyphenate talent has a talk show. She’s energetic, hyped-up, and funny.

Her chemistry with female guests. I call it now: Lilly’s going to end up marrying a woman. All of her female guests are obviously comfortable talking to her. Tracee Ellis Ross was the best, most natural interview. The clip I shared is only five minutes. If you watch the entirety of the interview on YouTube, you’ll see these two women flow together like water.

Pre-teen girls writing the monologue jokes and taking over stage production duties on International Day of the Girl. That was a “how come no one ever thought of this before?” moment. Amazing.

Interpretive Dance with Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. These women are professional dancers, so that was a great game to watch.

Jenna Dewan, Nick Offerman, and Lilly doing a sexy pumpkin rap. That was good stuff.

The amount of people of color in the audience. Yes, ma’am.

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THE AWKWARD

The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie, talking about their brother accidentally finding Nikki’s sex toys…on the same episode a group of pre-teen girls have taken over stage production duties. OUCH. If I was the parent of one of those girls, I’d grabbed a producer and said, “I need a word with you…”

Lilly interviewing Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern, and Hugh Bonneville from “Downton Abbey.” They looked like they wanted to be anywhere else.

Lilly’s desk. It looks like a spaceship from Battlestar Galactica.

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THE BAD

The lighting! It’s too dark! The stage and lighting need to be much brighter.

The desk is too far away from the guests.

America Ferrera’s surprise Quinceanera.  From America being snooty about the sneakers Lilly surprised her with to the ugly dress to the waltz and the moment when Lilly tried to feed her cake:

America: “Is that gluten-free?”

Lilly: “I don’t think so.”

America: pushes cake away with her hand

Lilly: :::Improvs::: “Mmmmh, that’s good! Gluten!” And takes a bite of the cake.

Oh, God, that was so bad. The producers should have gotten America’s dietary needs before creating that bit.

OVERALL

The show is finding its way. I predict it’s only going to go up from here. Give her time to find her way on this new platform of late night television. Lilly is a superstar and nothing is going to stop her trajectory.

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Up next: A year of living without. Friday, November 1.

Lilly Singh is Making History

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Update: My review of A Little Late with Lilly Singh is here.

Thank you, Ganesh, Shiva, Het-Heru, and Diana. Lilly Singh is getting her own late-night talk show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, on NBC this fall.

Why? You say? Who? You say?

Here’s why she’s getting a talk show:

Between her two channels, IISuperwomanII and Superwoman Vlogs, she’s got nearly 17 million subscribers and almost 3,500,000,000 views. That’s three BILLION 500 MILLION views. Her first book, How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life became a Number One New York Times Bestseller. In 2017 she was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars, earning an estimated $10.5 million dollars.

Singh is a 30-year-old Indian-Canadian, openly bisexual, You Tube superstar comedienne. Those adjectives had me thanking Hindu, Khemetic, and Roman gods and goddesses. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles. Shiva is the transformer. Het-Heru is the goddess of beauty and love. Diana is the goddess of the moon. Lilly Singh has knocked down a massive door, is transforming late night TV, is beautiful, hilarious, and of course, a woman.

Only two other women currently have late night talk shows: Busy Tonight with Busy Phillips on E! and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. Unfortunately, the too-funny Late Night with Robin Thede was canceled by BET last summer, or we’d have three women hosting late night shows.

I will be watching Late Night with Lilly Singh to support her transition from YouTube to broadcast television. I am cheering for her and wishing for her long-term success on NBC.

Below is one of my favorite Lilly Singh videos.



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