Inside Larry Wilmore’s ‘The Nightly Show’

January 18, 2015 5:14 AM

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Inside Larry Wilmore’s ‘The Nightly Show’

As the heir to Stephen Colbert’s Comedy Central time slot, comedian Larry Wilmore knows he has some big shoes to fill. Plenty of so-called “fake news” shows have tried and failed to repeat the winning formula that Colbert, and his lead-in Jon Stewart perfected. Ahead of the premiere of Wilmore’s new series, “The Nightly Show,” the comedian sat down with reporters Friday on his set to talk about the new show.

The 53-year-old Wilmore, who emerged as a breakout star on “The Daily Show,” knows that even nailing down a signature show name is crucial to ingratiating yourself with a late night audience that has plenty of options to choose from. And Wilmore’s program has already gone through a couple iterations...

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