When it was announced Stephen Colbert he would be leaving Comedy Central at the end of the year to take over for David Letterman and The Daily Show’s “Senior British Correspondent” John Oliver moving on to host his own show on HBO (“Last Week Tonight”), curiousity turned to who would take over the time slot now vacated by “The Colbert Report”.
Comedy Central threw around names like Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Samantha Bee and Aasif Mandvi (both from “The Daily Show”) but it was longtime TDS show writer/correspondent Larry Wilmore who emerged supreme.
Wilmore is no stranger to the comedy world as he created “The Bernie Mac Show” (which earned him an Emmy in 2002 for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series’) and Eddie Murphy’s “The PJs”, was writer for several shows (including the aforementioned) like “In Living Color”, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”, “Sister, Sister”, “The Office”, producer on SEVERAL shows and some may recognize him as a utility actor for “In Living Color” and as Mr Brown on “The Office”.
Fans of The Daily Show know him as their “Senior Black Correspondent” for the last eight years and now they’ll get to know him even more when “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore”.
Wilmore says of his new position and making the move from L.A. to New York, “I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart. I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker t-shirts when I’m layering.”
Serving as showrunner for Wilmore’s new show, TDS host Jon Stewart says that “While Larry Wilmore is a brilliant comic and showrunner, this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan.”
Even Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless is over the moon.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Jon Stewart and Busboy Productions, and are looking forward to the world getting to know Larry Wilmore even better. He’s a spectacular talent in front of and behind the camera. The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late night television.”
Whilst Wilmore waits to take the throne, he’ll stay on as showrunner for the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” (starring Anthony Anderson) until they find someone worthy to take over.
As for me, I think it’s pretty dang sweet there’s some color being added to the predominantly white hosts of Comedy Central!!
Congrats, Mr. Wilmore!
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