Though it may have only lasted for less than two years, Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show made its mark on the late-night landscape. The Comedy Central talk show, which was canceled Monday, never shied away from tackling controversial issues with both humor and heart. In honor of Wilmore’s show, take a look back at some of its most memorable segments.
“Meet Donald Trump’s Black Supporters”
Wilmore brought some of the most perplexing voters of this presidential race to light: African American people who are planning to vote for Donald Trump. The clip finds Wilmore trying his best to figure out why some people of color are supporting the incredibly controversial Republican presidential hopeful.
“Cosby Says the Darndest Things”
After Bill Cosby’s alleged pattern of sexual assault came to public attention, Larry Wilmore devoted much of his airtime to further exposing the history of claims brought against Cosby. Wilmore unleashed a six-minute takedown of Cosby after a damning court deposition from 2005 was made public.
“America’s Conversation About Not Talking About Guns”
In a segment that is sadly just as relevant today as it was during filming last year, Wilmore broke down multiple ways he found politicians and the media have avoided speaking candidly about gun violence following gun-related national tragedies.
“O’blivious — Bill O’Reilly’s All-White Debate on Racism”
After Bill O’Reilly tried to engage in a conversation about race-based violence and racism in America by inviting two white women rather than a person of color on The O’Reilly Factor, Willmore took the initiative to insert himself. The result is as hilarious as it is relevant.
“#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey — Jesse Williams’ BET Awards Speech”
Nightly Show writer Franchesca Ramsey also became one of the series’ standout contributors thanks to her segment breaking down trending topics online. Ramsey’s defense of Jesse Williams following the actor’s passionate speech against police brutality at the BET Awards deserves special recognition.