11 amazing women who could take over for David Letterman

Sara Gilbert


While Sarah Gilbert might not be the obvious comedic choice for late-night hosts, I seem to remember a little show called Roseanne where she nailed quite a few punch-lines as the sarcastic middle child on the 90s sitcom. In fact, that show was so controversial in my household, that I had to sneak watch it after dark. Seems I was on to something. The only thing that might keep Gilbert from making the switch to late night is her hit daytime show, The Talk, and her new wife, Linda Perry.

Rosie O’Donnell


Do I even need to list reasons? BRING BACK ROSIE!

Hannah Gadsby


Nothing like adding a little international flare to an American institution, and I think Hannah Gadsby would be perfect for the job. Quickly rising to prominence after winning the Raw Comedy competition, she has toured internationally and appeared on Australian and New Zealand television. She just ended her tenure as the co-star on the show Adam Hills Tonight, where she hosted regular segments and interviewed guests. She is delightfully sarcastic and heart-breakingly self-deprecating which make her endlessly relatable. She also takes every opportunity to make use of her art history degree, presenting comedic art lectures at festivals around the world alongside her stand up comedy shows. Hilariously cultured? Get her behind that desk!

Kate McKinnon


Since late night seems to like poaching its hosts from SNL, it might be in their best interest to give the ex-founder of Vag magazine, Kate McKinnon, a try. Kate proves that hard work pays off, and if that’s not enough, her dead-on Ellen DeGeneres impression should land her the gig for sure. As the only out women in Saturday Night Live‘s history, I see no reason she wouldn’t be considered for another trailblazing position on late-night TV.

Fortune Feimster


As a Chelsea Lately round-table regular, Fortune’s clocked quite a bit of late-night TV experience. Early in her career, she went from zero to sixty, quickly making a name for herself on the comedy festival circuit before she made her national TV debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing where she finished as a semi-finalist. She auditioned for SNL, (WHY NO LIKEY?) but, instead, nabbed a job as full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately. And now, with the show ending, seems Fortune might just be a free agent. (CALL HER)

Jessica Williams


I just don’t know that I’ll ever stop singing Jessica Williams’ praises. As a seriously funny, and seriously young, correspondent on The Daily Show, Jessica has proven her familiarity with the comedy found in current events and conducting celebrity interviews. Performing regularly around LA, and making her television debut in 2006, her star is rising quickly, finding her making a guest appearance on the 3rd season of Girls. Someone should probably give this girl serious late-night consideration before her schedule fills up.

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