The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore: Will You Make This a Daily Thing?

Nightly Show Larry Wilmore

Let’s be clear: The only thing Real Time The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore has in common with The Colbert Report is its timeslot.

There’s no over-the-top character here, no mock interview — at least not in Monday’s debut episode — and absolutely no beating around the bush. “A brother finally gets a show on latenight TV, but of course, he has to work on Martin Luther King Day,” host Larry Wilmore quipped before introducing the night’s theme: the apparent ineffectiveness of racial protesting.

After dissecting the issue in his opening monologue, during which he tested an “I can’t breathe” joke (“Too soon?”) and explained that Al Sharpton is not “Black Batman,” Wilmore was joined by four panelists — musician/activist Talib Kweli, comedian Bill Burr, Indian model/actress Shenaz Treasurywala and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker — to further break things down.

Wilmore’s “Keep it 100” segment lightened the mood a bit, requiring each panelist to blindly answer an on-topic question as honestly as possible — and Wilmore did not go easy on them. Burr was asked, if given the choice, whether he’d have a black or white child, while Booker was asked whether he’s interested in becoming President of the United States of America.

For the record, their answers were “white” and “no,” respectively.

It should also be noted that Wilmore ended his debut half-hour with “a tip of the hat and a wag of the finger” to Stephen Colbert, adding, “Thanks for making 11:30 special, my friend.”

Your thoughts on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. powerturtle90sdudemon says:

    Ahem, Cory *Booker*

  2. DavidJ says:

    Thought it was pretty damn good for a first episode. Larry is obviously no Colbert, but then not many people are. And I thought the writing was just as solid as we’ve come to expect from these shows. So I will definitely keep watching.

  3. Angela says:

    I kinda like that “Keep it 100” segment. They could go some really fun, intriguing places with that one in the future (and for the record, I’d be totally fine with Booker someday running for president). Burr’s answer to his question definitely kept with the spirit of that game.
    And I loved the discussion as well. I like that they acknowledged some concerns and critiques of the protest movement (I fully support non-violent protest, too, but they’re right that protesting as a whole doesn’t seem to be as respected or appreciated nowadays, and the only time anyone bothers to really care about it is if there’s fringe whackos involved, or someone starts a riot. Which is a shame). And I liked the “Black Batman” joke in regards to Sharpton, too.
    Sweet of Jon to do a “toss” with Larry beforehand, too, and loved Larry’s shoutout to Stephen, too. Aw :). Yeah. This definitely looks like a promising setup-I’m going to add this to my weeknight viewing. I’m curious to see where else they’ll go with this show. Tomorrow night’s topic should be quite intense.

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  5. Maryann says:

    Now when are we going to get a female late night host — of any color?

  6. Marjorie Williams says:

    I really enjoyed it! My only critique is that Shenaz Tresurywala’s only job seemed to be giggling and acting excited. Even when she threw out facts, she sounded flighty. It was painful to watch her next to Cory Booker.

  7. Tran says:

    I give it an A. Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is destined to be a breakout hit for Comedy Central.

  8. billybobby says:

    Another agenda show that’s supposed to be funny.

    I refuse to feel guilty for others people’s problems.

    • RigidSodaCan says:

      So you prefer your blatant agenda shows without the comedy, then.

      • Angela says:

        I just like how some people will automatically dismiss any discussion of things like race issues or gay rights or whatnot as an “agenda” nowadays. Yes, it’s all apparently a conspiracy! God forbid people who call it an “agenda” actually try listening to what these people have to say, and offer their own thoughtful opinions on the subject in response, whether they agree with all the points raised or not, right?
        To say nothing of the fact that the idea that discussing minority rights is supposedly “promoting an agenda” kind of proves precisely why we need to have such discussions in the first place.

  9. Luis says:

    I loved that Bill Burr answered his question “White” without any reservation – good question, good answer

  10. bill cabrera says:

    Why is the world map behind Larry upside down? Also , pencil some eyebrows on Larry, he looks like the scientst on the muppets. Other than that, I think the show / Larry is doing great! It took Jimmy Fallon a year or so before his show was decent. I think Lary is way ahead on the curve.

  11. marilyn58 says:

    Just read his bio, he has all those credits behind him and they give those two idiots from Saturday Night Live, tonight shows? yes race still matters, love the show and will keep watching.