Glenn Thrush interviews Larry Wilmore ahead of this weekend's festivities.
Larry Wilmore is no stranger to finding humor in politically charged material. As host of the The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and, before that, The Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent,” he’s “covered” gun control and the Black Lives Matter movement with a preternatural dry wit. It’s a skill that will come in handy as Wilmore hosts the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner (also known as #nerdprom) Saturday night in a sharply divided Washington.
Just two nights into his tenure as a late-night talk show host, Larry Wilmore is doing something people in his position don't often excel at: listening. The occupation traditionally demands a lot of punchlines: a set-up, joke, set-up, joke monologue, a scripted or pre-taped bit, an interview where the anecdotes have been discussed beforehand. Wilmore, who’s stepped into the timeslot vacated by Stephen Colbert, is instead doing something that feels radical by letting other people talk without any punchline. Even more surprisingly, he's doing it without sacrificing the challenging, loose, and funny atmosphere of his new show.
Larry Wilmore, formerly the Senior Black Correspondent on "The Daily Show" -- a fake title for a fake news show -- Monday night assumed the real title of host of "The Nightly Show," Comedy Central's quite promising replacement series for the departed "The Colbert Report." "Brother finally gets a show on late-night TV," he said at the top of the half-hour, "but of course he has to work on Martin Luther King Day."
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s” Larry Wilmore has been tapped to host “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” a new Comedy Central show to air in the 11:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday timeslot currently occupied by soon-to-be “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.
The longtime "Daily Show" correspondent just got a big promotion.
Wilmore will host his own show called 'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore' following Stephen Colbert's leave in January, Comedy Central revealed Friday. 'The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television,' according to the station.