Current Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper is the latest comedian to land the post-Daily Show slot, following previous hosts Larry Wilmore with The Nightly Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. The 11:30 position has most recently been held by @midnight.
The series is in the early stages of development and will be produced by Klepper, current Daily Show host Trevor Noah, and Stuart Miller. Sarah Babineau and Ari Pearce are overseeing for Comedy Central.
“The choice to entrust me with the 11:30 p.m. slot is both incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing… Without a doubt, it has utterly destroyed my confidence in Comedy Central’s decision-making acumen. Dear God, now I have to work with these fools,” joked Klepper.
Comedy Central has struggled to find the right combination for their late night comedies. With Colbert’s departure to CBS, it left a void that they rushed to fill and while The Nightly Report was solid it wasn’t given the development time that it needed. The network also took a big hit when it lost John Oliver to HBO and Samantha Bee to TBS, with both series from the former correspondents becoming highlights of the political commentary arena this past year.
“Jordan’s talent has become so increasingly obvious it would take a real fool to not offer him this opportunity,” stated Comedy Central president Kent Alterman.
The comedian performed at both The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade before joining the Daily Show in 2014, staying with the show as it changed hands from Jon Stewart to Noah. He also filled in behind the desk for an episode when Noah was ill.
Emily J | TV Editor