NEW YORK, November 20, 2014 – It’s official. Comedy Central’s next great late-night franchise “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will premiere on Monday, January 19 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and air weeknights following “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Continuing in Comedy Central’s grand tradition of producing groundbreaking late night formats,
“The Nightly Show” will provide viewers with Larry Wilmore’s distinct point of view and comedic take on current events and pop culture from a perspective largely missing in the late-night television landscape. Hosted by Wilmore, the series will feature a diverse panel of minority voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television.
“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by Stewart’s Busboy Productions with Stewart, Wilmore and Rory Albanese serving as Executive Producers, Amy Ozols as Co-Executive Producer and Sue Fellows as Supervising Producer. The series’ Head Writer is Robin Thede.
Well-known to fans of “The Daily Show” for his role as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on
“The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!,” Larry Wilmore joined “The Daily Show” in 2006 after an award-winning career in television writing and producing in the early 90s. Wilmore created the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “The Bernie Mac Show,” which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2002, and co-created the animated show “The PJs” with Eddie Murphy. He has also written for shows such as “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” Wilmore was a consulting producer on NBC’s “The Office,” also appearing in a few episodes. Most recently, he served as executive producer/showrunner for the launch of ABC’s hit comedy “black-ish.”
Wilmore, who started his career as an actor and stand-up comic before transitioning to writing and producing, has also appeared in “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Love Bites,” “Traffic Light,” “Accidentally on Purpose” and “Happy Endings.” His first book, titled “I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts,” was released by Hyperion Books in 2009. In addition to receiving an Emmy, Wilmore has been nominated for and received numerous other awards including a Peabody, Humanitas and NAACP Image Award.