TBS has just announced the title of Samantha Bee’s upcoming late-night talk show, Full Frontal, alongside the release of a brash new promo for the show. In the short clip, Bee smashes any doubts as to whether she’s equipped to enter the “male-dominated field” of late-night television, and sets expectations high for Full Frontal‘s January premiere on TBS.
Full Frontal, a late-night comedy news program, is expected to resemble The Daily Show in style and content, which comes as no surprise, as the Comedy Central mainstay is where Bee first made her name as an actress and comedian.
“If you’ve enjoyed my work on The Daily Show, there will be something tonally similar, I would say,” according to Bee in a press statement on Full Frontal. “[It’s] a continuation of the things I like to do.”
And there’s plenty to look forward to, if Bee’s track record on The Daily Show is any indication of Full Frontal‘s soon-to-be success.
Bee, who got her start headlining the all-female comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs, has since brazenly lived up to that title, and then some. The Canadian actress and comedian started off doing small-time work before she landed her breakthrough part as correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in July 2003. The diminutive mother of three has broken so many glass ceilings as a correspondent on The Daily Show, they nearly had to hire extra janitors to clean up the shards she left behind. As of Jon Stewart’s departure last month, Bee was the show’s longest-running correspondent, surpassing Stephen Colbert in 2012. Bee, who touts herself on Twitter as “America’s Canadian Sweetheart” was the first non-citizen correspondent, and the only female member of the Daily Show cast from 2006 until 2008, when she was joined by Kristen Schaal.
The self-proclaimed “Most Senior Correspondent” of The Daily Show carved a niche for herself as a satirical interviewer with razor wit, who often played along with her interviewees, coaxing them into caricaturing themselves and proving her point for her. If anyone is trained, experienced, and prepared to take on the testosterone-laden world of late-night talk shows, it’s Samantha Bee – with or without her “10 pound lady balls.”
In addition to hosting Full Frontal, Bee is currently co-creating a family comedy with her husband and fellow ex-Daily Show correspondent, Jason Jones. The untitled show is set to star Jones, Louie‘s Ashley Gerasimovich, and The Neighbors’ Liam Carroll. Bee’s involvement in the comedy may be limited to off-screen work, as she may be preoccupied full-time with Full Frontal. TBS picked up the comedy back in February for 10 episodes, with an expected premiere date of late 2015; it is yet unclear as to whether Bee’s involvement in Full Frontal may push the tentative release date back.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee premieres January 2016 on TBS.