Quick Shot: The Nightly Show Demonstrates Promise
Haven’t had a chance yet to check out Tuesday’s second episode of Larry Wilmore’s new late-night vehicle, The Nightly Show, but Monday’s first installment definitely showed some promise. Filling the timeslot of American treasure The Colbert Report had to be extremely daunting for Wilmore, but he seems to be off to an encouraging start. While the show doesn’t arrive fully formed like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on HBO last April, Wilmore’s struck gold with the show’s final segment (which will hopefully be a nightly staple) called “Keep It 100,” which he describes as “like Truth or Dare for white people, without the dare.” It consists of Wilmore asking each member of his panel (which on the opener included NJ Senator Cory Booker, rapper/activist Talib Kweli, and comedian Bill Burr) a question that they have to answer with 100% honesty, with the studio audience judging how truthful they were. Wilmore also turns the tables on himself, offering his viewers a chance to ask the same type of question of him via Twitter each night, which he purports not to have seen ahead of time. While there are still a few wrinkles to iron out — which is to be expected — The Nightly Show looks like a worthy complement to The Daily Show, and to be honest, it’s refreshing to see someone as talented and funny as Wilmore among the all-too lily-white faces of late-night TV. You can check out the debut episode for yourself below courtesy of Hulu.