Tim White

10 Female Comedians Ready for Late Night
10 Female Comedians Ready for Late Night

Last week, comedian Craig Ferguson announced that he won’t renew his contract with CBS, which led people to suggest names like Joel McHale and Norm MacDonald to fill Ferguson’s shoes as host of The Late Late Show. Then CBS president Les Moonves suggested that late night might finally be ready for a female host. In turn, here are 10 female comedians The Daily Dot thinks would be a great fit for late night TV:


  1. Sarah Silverman. Silverman first proved she was a natural fit for a talk show audience as a regular on ex Jimmy Kimmel’s show, but has earned her own stripes as a great improviser with a sharp wit.
  2. Wanda Sykes. Sykes’ Wanda at Large was a surprise hit after it debuted on Fox with 14.3 million viewers, boasting the fourth-highest ratings of any program on the network during its first season. Even after the show was cancelled, Sykes proved a comic presence in supporting roles on shows including The New Adventures of Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  3. Tina Fey. The defining female comic of her generation, Fey found success on SNL, wrote the most memed-movie of the decade (Mean Girls), and gave us a sandwich-loving feminist hero for the ages in Liz Lemon. The job was practically made for her.
  4. Amy Poehler. The other half of everyone’s favorite hosting duo, Poehler would be smart to stick to television after Parks and Rec finishes up next season.
  5. Samantha Bee. Bee has been the most consistently funny of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show correspondents, but has yet to enjoy the mainstream success achieved by Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.
  6. Jane Lynch. One of the few celebrities who enjoys both cult success and widespread recognition, Lynch’s comic timing and status as a beloved gay icon would make her the nighttime yin to Ellen Degeneres’ daytime yang.
  7. Amy Sedaris. Sedaris has long been a favorite guest of both David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, as well as an accomplished comedian, actress, author and lifestyle guru.
  8. Amy Schumer. Schumer has shown with Food Room, her Aaron Sorkin parody, that she can create viral hits, and her recent Gloria Awards speech showed the woman can deliver a monologue.
  9. Chelsea Handler. In addition to enjoying success on Chelsea Lately, Handler is a best-selling author with a huge female (and gay male) fan base. She also does well with the 18-49 demographic, one that CBS struggles to bring in.
  10. Aisha Tyler. Tyler’s got previous hosting experience with Talk Soup on E! and the Whose Line Is It Anyway? reboot, and has been the standout on The Talk, CBS’ knockoff of The View, since joining in 2011.

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