Comedy Central unveiled more details about its new late-night entry “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” Friday by naming a set of contributors, Shenaz Treasury, Ricky Velez and Mike Yard, who will appear regularly during a panel segment of the new program.
Treasury is a Bollywood actress who first came to notice on MTV Asia, while Velez and Yard are standup comedians. Comedy Central is positioning the program as a forum for voices that do not get much of a listen in TV’s wee-hours arena, which has been dominated by white, male hosts — despite comedienne Chelsea Handler’s tenure on E!
Wilmore is a former “Daily Show” talent who held the title of “senior black correspondent” on the program. He joined the Jon Stewart-led ensemble in 2006 after a stint as a television writer and producer in the early ’90s. Most recently, he served as executive producer and showrunner for the launch of ABC’s hit comedy “Black-ish.” He was a co-creator of “The Bernie Mac Show.”
Unlike its Comedy Central latenight brethren, “The Daily Show” and “@midnight,” Wilmore’s program is not as wedded to a particular template. (“Daily” is a parody of evening newscasts and “@midnight” follows a game-show format.) Comedy Central executives have spoke of a willingness to let Wilmore find the best tone and structure for the program as he launches and suggest that it may look much different several months after its January 19 launch.