Vulture asked some women in comedy to weigh in on whether they would be interested in hosting a late-night tv show, if any of them were ever finally asked. The scarcity of female hosts in late-night has been a frequent point of discussion as the latest crop of new hosts take over for long-standing shows. Perhaps the most notable recent public comment was Samantha Bee's response to a Vanity Fair cover featuring only male late-night hosts. There were many enthusiastic responses, both from those that are completely up for it and those that would avoid it like the plague:
Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling answered at the same time, and they're both out.
Mindy notes a known fact about producing a show 4 or 5 days each week:
No, I don’t want to have a talk show. Because it’s really a grind.
And Tina agreed while adding that the grind is similar to government work:
It's like working at a post-office grind.
Margaret Cho, a veteran comedian and actress, is totally in.
I'd love to be a late-night host. I have the chops and could do every job from the monologue to interviewing guests! I'm even qualified to be a decent musical director for the house band. It's a dream, and I'm determined to make it happen!
Beth Stelling is a fantastic Los Angeles comedian who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and has a half hour Comedy Central special.
Yes. This notion is a recent development for me, perhaps due in part to the conversation of where all the women in late night are, and the recent photo of the current men of late night that went viral. More than that, though, Jimmy Kimmel has been a late-night role model of mine. I find his interviews to be the least ostentatious and most sincere.
Sasheer Zamata is a featured player on Saturday Night Live and an incredibly talented improviser and comedian.
Luckily for us, she's had her eye on hosting for a very long time.
Actually, when I was younger, I really wanted to host my own late-night show. I would practice on my bathroom counter and interview myself in the mirror. Yeah, I think it’s a cool job. It’s a cool institution, so yeah, I would love the opportunity. I do think I would try to bunk the format that is the standard behind-the-desk interview. I’m not exactly sure what I would do. Maybe more of a loose format that’s more interactive with the audience. Maybe more of a town-hall thing, where we all control the show together.
Liza Treyger is a New York-based comedian who has a half-hour special on Comedy Central and just released her first album.
Liza is into some of the late-night conventions, buy would do away with others to refresh a tired format.
I can't imagine anything worse than business outfits and jokes about the news. The first half of late night has never interested me, but interviewing celebs seems like the best. I've always seen myself wanting to be a sillier (uneducated) Barbara Walters. I just want to chat with people, not recite a rundown of current events.
Emily Heller is a comic that has appeared on Conan twice, wrote for the Fox show Surviving Jack, and is a series regular on the TBS comedy Ground Floor.
Emily has a balanced opinion on late-night, and would try it if the right opportunity presented itself.
I'd love to live in a world where I could host a show with my friend Lisa Hanawalt, who is my co-host on the “Baby Geniuses” podcast. Maybe not a traditional late-night talk show. Maybe one where she and I interview people, and then she animates us all as hideous creatures and all our stories get played out visually and you go inside our gross brains, and also there will be cussing, lots of cussing. It will take forever and not be timely at all. Maybe that's not a late-night show. What's a late-night show?"
To see all 26 "yes" answers and 11 "no"s, read the rest of the responses on Vulture. The most encouraging part of these answers is that so many comedians have a vision for doing something different with the late-night format. They also want to harness the best and most unique parts of their comedic voice and personality. Sounds like a winning combination. We're waiting patiently, and hopefully several receive the opportunity.