8:00am PT by Mikey O'Connell
Comedy Central Gives Jordan Klepper Post-'Daily Show' Slot
Comedy Central has made its choice for 11:30 p.m., upping The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper to full-time host of his own program.
The network on Tuesday said that Klepper, like Stephen Colbert before him, will be bringing his Daily Show persona along to the yet-to-be-named half-hour series. The companion show will air Monday through Thursday, beginning in the fall.
“Jordan’s talent has become so increasingly obvious it would take a real fool to not offer him this opportunity,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a statement.
But Klepper was hardly an immediate choice. The half-hour has been occupied by a shifted @midnight for almost eight months since the sudden cancelation of Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show. The original heir to the time slot once occupied by The Colbert Report, Wilmore failed to bring in as big an audience or retain a substantial portion of his Daily Show lead-in. The Daily Show had also just undergone a hosting changeover with the 2015 departure of Jon Stewart and the arrival of Trevor Noah.
Klepper's new series, not to be confused with the weekly The President Show announced Monday, is in the early stages of development. It will be produced by Klepper, Noah and former Jon Stewart staffer Stuart Miller. (Sarah Babineau and Ari Pearce are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.)
“The choice to entrust me with the 11:30 p.m. time slot is both incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing,” said Klepper in one of the network's typically tongue-in-cheek statements. “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.”
Klepper is an alum of both The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade. He originally joined The Daily Show in 2014, first appearing on-air shortly after his audition, and stayed on through the Stewart-Noah transition. Just before the 2016 presidential election, Klepper filled in as host for one episode of The Daily Show when Noah called in sick. Klepper seems like he will be bringing a very political take to the show. Both his studio work and field segments on the show veered political, including his multipart series "Good Guy With a Gun" and his many field pieces at then-candidate Donald Trump's rallies. A network release noted that the show "will look to embrace and define the chaos of our country by channeling Klepper’s steadfast attitude that institutions are to be trusted less than the lies of the mainstream media."