Comedy Central Picks Larry Wilmore as Stephen Colbert Replacement

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While CBS moved at a jaw dropping pace to replace David Letterman with Stephen Colbert after the former announced his retirement from The Late Show, Comedy Central took a comparative eternity to replace Colbert and the Colbert Report before revealing last night that they had eschewed the oft-speculated candidates to stay in-house with a surprising but logical choice.

A comedian, an award-winning writer, a producer and The Daily Show‘s “Senior Black Correspondent,” Larry Wilmore will take the Monday-Thursday 11:30pm baton from Colbert (whose show shuts down on December 17th) in January when The Minority Report makes its debut.

Created and co-produced by Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his Busboy Productions shingle (Stewart also co-created and produces The Colbert Report), The Minority Report will “offer a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television,” according to Comedy Central.

As for who will join Wilmore on the show (assuming there are panelists) and what the full composition of the show will be, right now that is anyone’s guess. With that said, one can easily imagine an arrangement where Daily Show correspondents and contributors get a chance to expand their footprint on the network by appearing on both shows.

Specifically, up and comer Michael Che and long time Daily Show correspondents Aasif Mandvi and Samantha Bee, for whom an expanded role might serve as a consolation prize for getting passed over for the 11:30 hosting gig, assuming that they actually were in the running and/or interested in the job – a detail that we sadly don’t get to know.

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Be honest, from a purely gossipy and guilty pleasure standpoint, these smooth late night transitions are a bit dull, aren’t they? It’s just more fun when we can at least compare the person who got the job to the people who didn’t.

But honestly, it’s hard to think of anyone on those speculative lists that are as qualified as Wilmore – the co-creator of The Bernie Mac Show, a writer/producer on The Office, and a Daily Show contributor who consistently delivers hilarious and thought-provoking commentary on race, sidestepping (but also sometimes playing with) the awkwardness and tension that the topic can inspire.

Pushing that all aside, though, the finest example of Wilmore’s aptitude for this job might be his Showtime specials: Race, Religion, and Sex. There, Wilmore worked the crowd, did stand-up, and talked to a diverse panel of guests from inside and outside of the comedy world. Could that show inform the direction of The Minority Report?

We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about Larry Wilmore replacing Stephen Colbert? Let us know in the comments.


The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore premieres in January 2015 on Comedy Central.

Source: Variety


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  1. Good choice!

    • I think so too. I always enjoy his segment on Daily Show. Looking forward to it.

  2. he is awesome for sure. I would have much rather have had John Oliver but this is by no means a bad choice. Asif Manvi would have been an awesome host as well.

    • John already has his own show on HBO. Possible they weren’t willing to offer the freedom HBO has. (Colbert’s issue with Daft Punk last year is one example of the corporate mentality that rules at Viacom, not to mention that he was supposed to push T-Mobile this week. Something he achieved in his own unique way! )

      John has more leeway with language and if the episode on Capital Punishment is anything to go with, he has a lot of freedom with subjects. This is still contentious and even though I class myself as liberal, I do believe it should be brought back (I live in the UK) for worst cases.

      Baring in mind that this is still a new show, with a Brit (ok he’s now a US citizen), he was willing and able to attack something a lot of people believe in. Look at the backlash against Piers Morgan when he went anti-gun. (I mean I can think of lots of reasons to hate Piers, insider trading, risking soldiers lives running fake news stories, etc, but having a different point of view isn’t really one.)

  3. Jason Jones also would make for a great solo host, I think.

  4. Gonna miss colbert report. I think stephen will do great at late night.

    Larry Wilmore…perfect choice. Can easily see it working.

  5. I’m one of those who wished Colbert had stayed with Comedy Central. His edge may be lost by going to the dull stand up format on CBS. Surely the content of his comedy will be affected.

    As for Wilmore, I’m not too familiar with his comedic talent, but I will look forward to the new format. If it’s “dumb downed” in any sense, loyal viewers will abandon the show in droves.

  6. Wait, when does the Colbert Report end?!?! D:
    I haven’t had the chance to wat h the show live yet!!!

    • Second paragraph of the article. December 17th. ;)

  7. No.

  8. Comedy Central needs to split all of this out into a 24 our comedy news channel mocking all of the cnn’s, msnbc’s and fox.

    • That reminds me, whatever happened to the Onion News Network? Is that still on or what?

  9. Thank god it’s Larry Wilmore!

    I like Asif Manvi and Jessica Williams, but I can’t see either of them carrying a half hour show. Jason Jones and/or Samantha Bee would have been like nails down a chalkboard against another chalkboard for me. I typically skip both their skits on the Daily Show.

    I’ll be looking forward to The Minority Report.

  10. I cld nva think of this guys name..
    its a small role but i thought he was funny in Dinner for Shmucks… Can’t. wait to see what he does with his own series….

  11. Only those who dislike and are willing to belittle, demonize, and stereotype conservaties, while ignoring any and all liberal crimes, affronts to freedom and liberty, and general idealogical and policy failings, need apply…

  12. Great news I think Larry is funny as hell

  13. Why didn’t they put his name in the title of the show? Seems like CC doesn’t have to much faith in the show.