NEW YORK (PIX11) – As Stephen Colbert becomes the next in line to replace David Letterman on “The Late Show” – not too long after Jimmy Fallon was tapped to succeed Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” – some are wondering why there aren’t more women and minorities getting these top talk show host spots.
One Brooklyn actor is doing something about it. Ike Ufomadu started raising money to start his own show, “Ike at Night,” which tapes in front of a live studio audience at Jack NY, an arts center in Clinton Hill. Ufomadu said he was fascinated with the tradition of shows with this format.
“It should be a place where the culture at large, I don’t know, everyones at the table and everyone’s included and whatever’s happening in the world should be reflected on that show,” Ufomadu said.
In fact, one of the only minority late night show hosts is PIX 11’s own Arsenio Hall.
“The late-night TV world is like the last white man’s, boys club,” Ufomadu. “It’s sort of like this elephant in the room, that you don’t know what to do with it.”
It’s not just about what hosts look like, though, it’s about the kind of content they get on their shows. Alec Duffy, director at Jack NY understands.
“We are saying, come on, let’s look outside of that a little bit and give people with talent, no matter who they are, the chance and the opportunity to thrive in that environment,” Duffy said.
Ufomadu knows his show probably won’t get picked up by a major network but is thrilled that his show is being extended through next weekend.
“Ike at Night” tapes Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at Jack NY which is located at 505 1/2 Waverly Place in Brooklyn. Tickets are $10.