Lilly Singh made her transition from online to linear in the best way – by premiering the very first episode of her new late-night NBC show A Little Late with Lilly Singh on YouTube before it aired on TV.
Takeover Last Call With Carson Daly Lilly Singh not only gets his massive "Superwoman" audience from his YouTube following, but also a new perspective that has been absent of late in the evening – and she makes it immediately apparent in her opening sketch.
The show started with Singh coming in to a meeting with executives when they talk about what to do for her new show. The room is full of white men and Singh tries to share his ideas but they try to create her into something she is not. They want her to have dress style and make political comments. She says it's not her and she wants to "share my perspective … especially being a woman and everything."
& # 39; The Titan Games & # 39; Renewed: Dwayne Johnson & # 39; s Competition Series Gets Season 2 On NBC  Men laugh immediately and say "is your perspective not my perspective?" And goes on to say "I'm not sure they will relate to that!"
Singh replies, "I'm not sure I related to 10 seasons Friends !" And again, the men laugh when Singh says, "I just want to be myself!"
Right then someone's phone with music goes to which inspires Singh to tell men about her and what she wants. The sketch immediately turns into a twerk-worthy, trap-tastic music video with Singh rapping herself and what she wants to take
She starts by spitting rhyme: "Hi, my name is Lilly and I am not a white man / My skin has some color and it is not a spray brown / I know you are just used to Jimmys in the limelight / But I'll throw some melanin on your late night. " From there, the lyrics start to catch fire:" My writers' rooms look like a mini-UN / More than 50 percent women and people of all races / And that's not because I have to, it's because I could / This is the new standard so note Hollywood. "
Then, at one point, she talks about her love life:" I'm about spice up your life / So if you want to be my lover / I put B in LGBT / I "I take Sansa and her brother. "
The introductory sketch / music video is the best way to debut what we can expect from Singh with her new talk show. She kicks down the door and immediately addresses all the elephants in the room: being a woman, being a woman of color, her Indian heritage, her sexuality, diversity in Hollywood and how white named Jimmy reigns late at night. It's almost pitch-perfect and infects into her opening monologue.
"I get it … I'm not your traditional talk show host," she said of people watching a woman of color hosting a show in the evening. "The media has mentioned that I am a bisexual woman of color so much that I feel I would just change their name."
Singh does not beat the fact that she is the first woman of color to host a late night show on the ground. She does not constantly repeat jokes about the lack of inclusion in Hollywood. In fact, she uses it as fuel for her show so that she can possibly pave the way for other colors. Yes, she calls for Hollywood's treatment of under-represented in the first episode, but she doesn't hang up with her show on it. It's fun, easy, yet thought-provoking … but at the same time, more people should call on Hollywood because if Singh doesn't, who's coming?
With DJ Daniel providing the tunes and a set that reflects Singh's personality, the first episode of A Little Late is the perfect half-hour bit of late-night goodness that is an ideal balance between sketch, pieces , monologue and guest interview. During her premiere, Rainn Wilson made a surprise appearance to give her a "white noise machine" (that's not really what you think) and she welcomed fellow South Asian Mindy Kaling as her first interview (at one point they say this is the first time two Indians have been on TV together late at night.
Singh enters her first episode in the best way with jokes, easy fun and authenticity. Being a meandering YouTube icon works to Singh's advantage because she knows how to produce great scouring content and getting in touch with the audience in a short space of time. A Little Late is thought provoking and bursts with millennial-driven energy without hiding you in emojis. the way we think about representation on TV.
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