Larry Wilmore to take over for Stephen Colbert

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore’s experience includes both comedy writing and performing.

After talk show host Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report was tapped to replace The Late Show’s retiring David Letterman, Comedy Central fans wondered who would fill Colbert’s shoes. Now, we have our answer! Larry Wilmore of The Daily Show is going to be taking over, with a new program called The Minority Report.

Starting next January, the 52-year-old Wilmore will appear weeknights at 11:30pm after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Because most late night comedians are white men, Wilmore hopes to raise awareness of social inequality with a tongue-in-cheek brand of humor. After all, even the title of his show emphasizes the fact he’s a minority.

Comedy Central released a statement, explaining, “The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television.”

As for Wilmore, he says that he feels “beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart.”

Wilmore isn’t just a snazzy talking head with a charming smile for the camera, either, because he’s actually written comedy material for numerous big name shows for decades. For instance, he’s worked on In Living Color, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and The Jamie Foxx Show.

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