Come Thursday night on Comedy Central, it will be the end of the road as we know it for “The Colbert Report,” a legendary show in its own right, and a perfect example that someone really can spend a huge chunk of their life working in late-night playing an insane version of themselves.
So where is the network going from here? Basically, they are making a big move with “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” This is not a show looking to mirror Colbert’s accomplishments by any means. While Wilmore may be operating with a similar persona to the one he used for many years on “The Daily Show,” he is far less of a master in the world of absurdity. His humor is more practical, still funny, but often in a more subtle way.
The first promo that Comedy Central released today for “The Nightly Show” is strictly cool, low-key, and fun. It’s a nice example of the tone that Wilmore is trying to set, and also pokes fun at how many are trying to make his show all about race already. Instead, Wilmore notes, it is more about how he wants to embrace the underdog on his show, and celebrate the different. This is a point of emphasis ever since the show opted to not go for the title of “The Minority Report.”
Obviously, we are going to miss Colbert on the air, but he will be back with his version of “The Late Show” in the late summer / early fall. At least Wilmore is going to get a chance to shine on his own before then; “The Nightly Show” will premiere early next year, and have many opportunities to find an audience.
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