Americans are divided over politics in late night shows, and it starts because not all of them even think they’re political.
Only 68 percent think “Saturday Night Live” makes political statements through its sketches, according to a poll by Morning Consult and the Hollywood Reporter.
And more than 60 percent of Democrats say they enjoy politics, supporting the political bents of hosts such as Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. The same percentage of Republicans disagrees.
If Democrats want to see more late night hosts who support their political views and Republicans want them to keep politics out, finding a host who can make a majority of Americans happy seems next to impossible. At a 55 percent approval rating, Jimmy Fallon did it. Now a 30-year-old YouTuber will have a chance to do the same.
Lilly Singh, known as Superwoman on her YouTube channel with more than 14 million subscribers, will replace “Last Call with Carson Daly," a show that inexplicably ran for 17 years despite being not at all noteworthy. In September, she’ll host “A Little Late with Lilly Singh" on NBC.
Singh, a Indian-Canadian comedian, has developed her fame through self-deprecating videos (“How Girls Get Ready…”), cultural satire (“Types of Commercials”), and videos where she impersonates her Indian mom and dad (“Types of Parents”). Her content is funny, down to earth, and most of all, largely apolitical.
After announcing her new show, Singh told Jimmy Fallon it will be like her old content, but the platform will be bigger. “Kind of like my YouTube channel,” she said, “but just, you know, now I have more than three staff members.”
Of the 13 top late night hosts, only two are women. Singh will bring needed diversity to the genre, and hopefully she can draw laughter without making fun of half of America like Bill Maher.