11 amazing women who could take over for David Letterman


It’s a sad day when a comedy institution comes to an end, no matter who it is. And while David Letterman’s retirement is the end of an era within my generation, it provides an intriguing guessing game as to who’ll be the new host. While I’m waiting in anticipation for the announcement, watching Seth Myers’ public access/Church Lady hybrid, I decided to create a wish list of ladies I’d be willing to stay up past 10pm to watch. Seems Chelsea Handler has a mysteriously clear schedule all of a sudden, and who wouldn’t want to see Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler recreate their Golden Globe magic every night of the week? Instead of a Top 10 list, here is an arbitrary list of some funny ladies who’d kill at late night. With Carrie Brownstein as the bandleader, obviously.

Ellen DeGeneres


We’ll get the captain obvious moment out of the way first. After recently revisiting Ellen’s HBO specials this past Friday night, I was reminded just how amazingly hilarious she really is. Yes, that is what I do on Friday nights, and no I didn’t need the reminder. I very much realize that there is a daily 3pm reminder of Ellen’s talk show prowess but late night would offer her the ability to reclaim the irreverence found in her stand-up days. If not, it’s cool, I’ll always have my Here and Now VHS. I can’t say the same for my VCR though.

Cameron Esposito

Cameron Esposito (Lenny Gilmore/ RedEye)

There’s a good chance I’ve mentioned this more times than I can count, but after nailing her first late-night appearance and engaging Jay Leno in a denim-off, Esposito was invited to sit on the couch among both Leno and Craig Ferguson. The Late Late Show host assured her that she would be on TV plenty more times and Leno called her the “future of comedy.” Coming from an actual panel of experts, seems those sentiments might be prophetic.

Julie Goldman


I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying to see an audacious butch lady on late night TV for a while (AHEM SNL), or a butch lady on TV, period. I think the perfect compromise would be giving Julie Goldman a shot at the late-night desk. Her on-point impressions would revive the lost art of monologues, and her days on The Big Gay Sketch Show prove she is a sketch comedy natural. It’s about time we got this lady a regular TV spot. The only people I see disagreeing with me would be the censors.

Liz Feldman


Does anyone remember lying in bed, holding their girlfriends hand while watching an endless loop of This Just Out? Oh yeah, uh, me either. If you’re like me and have no idea what I’m talking about, it might be time to revisit Feldman’s vlog, which ran from 2008 until 2010. I think her ability to interview celesbians like Kate Moennig, Clea DuVall, and Tegan and Sara more than qualifies her to be the next big late-night giant. That is, if she can pull herself away from writing for 2 Broke Girls and developing a yet-to-be-named lesbian-themed sitcom with Ellen.

Janine Brito


Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell’s success found the show going from weekly to nightly, no doubt because of it’s talent that included on-air correspondent, Janine Brito. On the Chris Rock produced FX series, Janine nailed the professional menswear look and proved her topical monologue chops. She was also named the “Best Comedian with a Message” by the East Bay Express, which is exactly the kind of person you want delivering news and interviewing celebrities. She was also called “a mean lesbian,” which I’m not gonna lie, I’m totally into.

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