Stephen Colbert spun his role as The Daily Show's smarmy white guy into his own Comedy Central show, and now his spiritual successor, Jordan Klepper, is fulfilling that same destiny.
On Tuesday, Comedy Central announced that Klepper, who joined the Daily Show lineup in 2014, will take over the 11:30 p.m. ET/PT time slot formerly held by The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore this fall. (Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik will keep the spot warm on Thursdays starting April 27 when The President Show premieres.)
"The choice to entrust me with the 11:30 p.m. timeslot is both incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing,” Klepper declared in a statement. “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.”
Those fools would be Comedy Central president Kent Alterman and executive producers Trevor Noah and Stuart Miller, who provided no title or details on the new show's format. Chris Hardwick's @midnight, which has been airing a half-hour earlier, will revert to its original, titular slot.
Klepper is a Michigan native who moved to Chicago to join Second City after his 2001 graduation from Kalamazoo College. It was there that he met an underclassman named Steven Yeun. The future Walking Dead star followed him to Second City after graduating four years later.
After Second City, Klepper moved to New York, where he joined Upright Citizens Brigade, the troupe that produced Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon and Sasheer Zamata as well as Broad City stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and their executive producer, Amy Poehler.
Four days after auditioning, Klepper made his Daily Show debut on March 3, 2014, about 18 months before the end of the Jon Stewart era. He took on a higher profile under new host Trevor Noah, even filling in for him. (As you'll recall, substitute duty on The Daily Show worked out pretty for John Oliver, who parlayed his 2013 summer hosting stint into his own HBO show, the Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight.)