LATE NIGHT Real Talk: Let’s discuss what women should take over the LATE NIGHT throne
Now that it’s been announced that Jimmy Fallon is slated to take over The Tonight Show after Jay Leno abdicates the throne in 2014, talk has been laser focused on who should replace Fallon on Late Night.
Names are being thrown around like Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and John Mulaney, among others. But what about the women? Having successfully broken into the male dominated world of talk shows, female comedians like Chelsea Handler and Ellen DeGeneres have paved the way for other women to join in the talk show shenanigans. But among the discussions of what funnyman should replace Fallon in when he heads to Tonight, the names of funny ladies to take that same place are few and far between. What gives? It’s not like we’re lacking in brilliantly funny and charismatic women. There are plenty of women who could easily follow in Fallon’s footsteps and make television history, and I’ve decided to pick a few that I think would be amazing replacements.
Sure, she’s been increasingly busy with film roles since her departure from SNL, but I can hardly think of another woman who could be better suited for this role. She’s got a killer following thanks to 7 amazing years at Saturday Night Live, and shot to superstar status with her role in Bridesmaids. She’s wicked funny and no afraid of physical comedy, and she’s used to performing for large audiences.
Maya’s had her hand in a variety of different projects since leaving SNL in 2007, including indie flicks (Away We Go), blockbusters (Bridesmaids), and weekly sitcoms (Up All Night). She’s musically inclined—a trait Fallon uses on a nearly daily basis—and she’s a pro at many different impressions (let’s not forget her dead ringer Versace impersonation). Not to mention, she’s also classy as fuck. And now that Up All Night is all but dead, this would be a great new project for her.
While you may not recognize this name instantly, you will definitely recognize her work. Peretti has made a name for herself in the comedy world by writing for hit comedies like The Sarah Silverman Program, Parks and Rec, and the new Comedy Central show The Kroll Show. She’s wildly inappropriate (and unashamed about it), and she is no stranger to crossing lines for the sake of a laugh. She’s also familiar with appearing on camera, having guest starred on shows like Louie and Parks and Rec. Plus, she’s got a strong background in standup with the added bonus of writing tons of killer comedy.
Selfishly I wouldn’t really put her on this list, as taking on the task of hosting Late Night would likely cause her to leave a huge hole in my heart when she inevitably leaves Parks and Rec. However, Amy’s wackadoodle brand of zany comedy is a natural fit. I’ve also never met a single person in my entire life who has spoken ill of this woman. I would marry her and have her babies in a heartbeat. She’s got undeniable charisma and charm, and I don’t think I’ve every heard her tell a joke that didn’t land. She’d be perfect.
Yes, this is a long shot. I have no doubt in my mind that Ellen would ever leave her cushy (and fantastic) daytime talk show gig. After all, she’s won countless Emmys and has a following unlike any other woman on TV. That being said, she would be a flat-out natural to follow in Fallon’s footsteps. If there was ever a woman poised join the ranks of Letterman, Carson, Leno, et all, it would be her. Again, this is a long shot, but I just had to include her. It’s Ellen for crying out loud!
Crass? Yes. Hilarious? Of course. Silverman has had her fair share of TV shows come and go, so it would be nice to see her get one that actually stuck. Though I enjoy her unique brand of offensive humor, she might not have the built-in fanbase that ladies like Wiig or Poehler have. She is a hard pill to swallow for some, but she would give the boys of late night a run for their money when it came to down and dirty snark.
Dear Mother Fey, I bow down in your presence. This is a real long shot too, but I’d be kidding if I thought Fey wouldn’t own the shit out of a Late Night gig. She’s flawlessly brilliant, she’s fiercely witty, and she ain’t afraid of breaking through a glass ceiling or suit-wielding boys club. She can multitask better than anyone, and if she hadn’t found happiness with successful bouts as an actress, writer/producer/director, or best-selling author, the entire world would welcome her with open arms every night at 10:35. She’s the one I would most like to see in this role, but I also know that is merely but a pipedream.
This British gem is a wildcard. She’s crazy as fuck, but in the best possible way. She’s tangoed with Lady Gaga, she’s interviewed the Prime Minister. She’s worked her ass off writing for numerous publications, and is probably the most comfortable with interviewing subjects out of any other woman on this list. She’s also got a huge audience of Brits and Americans alike, and her tendency to skew more feminist than say, Maya Rudolph or Ellen, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Her strong opinions would be a welcome change to the monotony of a male-centric environment.
I consider Tig Notaro to be one of the funniest women on the planet. If you haven’t seen or listened to her standup, you are why I hate most humans. She’s is honest as hell, making her comedy fresh and relatable. She’s full of sharp observations and even sharper jokes, and if dry humor is your thing, this is your lady. Notaro has worked her way up to the top ranks of the comedy world, garnering tons of appraise from a legendary set at Largo in LA. She is constantly kicking ass and taking names, and she’s got great relationships with other comedy giants in the biz, like Conan O’Brien and Louis CK. She’s beyond brilliant and beyond funny, something Late Night could really get used to.
So what’s it gonna be? Are the ladies going to get a say in the new face of Late Night? Isn’t it about time?
Who do you think would be a good replacement for Jimmy?