Charlamagne Tha God’s late-night present has been rebranded with a brand new title, government producer and format — however its focus stays the identical.
The collection, airing Thursdays (11:30 p.m.) on Comedy Central, premiered final September as “Tha God Honest Truth” and featured sketches, social experiments and A-list visitors, together with Vice President Kamala Harris.
It’s again now as “Comedy Central’s Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God,” with Josh Lieb, a former government producer of “The Day by day Present with Jon Stewart,” introduced on board to assist steer the ship.
Charlamagne (aka Lenard McKelvey) — a radio Corridor of Famer who co-hosts the nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 with DJ Envy and Angela Yee — spoke to The Publish about “Hell of A Week” and about its mission going ahead.
Why was the present rebranded?
The rebrand is actually as a result of that’s what company wished. They do these focus teams and analysis teams and testings … “Hell of a Week” reads extra like a weekly late-night discuss present than “Tha God’s Trustworthy Reality.” I’m at all times a scholar and attempting to be taught and I’m additionally attempting to win — so if the community involves me and says, “We predict that with a tweak like this extra viewers will come to the present and notice it’s a weekly late-night discuss present” … I’m gonna belief the specialists.
Will the deal with a panel format influence the best way you host the present?
“I really suppose [the panel format] makes me looser as a result of I actually do take pleasure in conversations in a group and I really like … exchanging concepts and debating. I by no means need my perspective to be the one perspective; I would like different individuals’s enter and debate. That’s the place you get quite a lot of schooling typically, and I feel it is going to be extra helpful for me and for the viewers at dwelling.
Was Josh Lieb introduced on to take the present in a special course?
No. I imply, in Season 1 we talked in regards to the decrackerfication of America, and I feel that if a community goes to allow you to speak about that, which is principally what I feel can be America’s model of denazification — and to say “cracker” like 75 instances in a single episode — I don’t suppose they’re going to censor you an excessive amount of. Josh is an added asset to the staff and we have now such an amazing artistic staff already, together with my showrunner, Rachael Edwards, who’s unimaginable at what she does. I’m a agency believer that if [the network] needs this kind of present, it’s a must to be in enterprise with somebody who’s already achieved it — and Josh has [won] seven Emmys with “The Day by day Present.” So I feel his resume speaks for itself; the present wasn’t essentially missing something — Josh is only a welcome addition.
Are there basic variations between working and radio and tv?
You at all times must be your true, genuine self, which is the number-one factor if you’re on any of those platforms, as a result of no one on the market can do what you do. Radio has a system and TV has a system and they aren’t the identical. I’m so used to enjoying within the radio and podcast system that typically, after I strategy TV … it appears like there’s simply by no means sufficient time. I don’t know in case you’ve ever heard basketball gamers or soccer gamers speak about how the sport slows down for them: Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Steph Curry, these are individuals which are just a bit higher than anyone else — the sport could be transferring quick for everybody else nevertheless it slows down for them. That’s how I really feel after I’m on the radio or on a podcast. TV nonetheless feels prefer it’s transferring at a quick tempo. I’m used to having long-form interviews or conversations — and now, I’ll be sitting down with an individual [on TV] and I’m solely speaking for seven minutes.
Who’s your final “get” for an interview?
The one visitor I actually wish to get is Michael Starr Judy Blume. I’m an enormous, enormous, Judy Blume fan and I grew up on her books. My mother advised me after I was youthful to learn issues that didn’t pertain to me, and Judy was who I used to go to [in those situations]. She’s the one individual I actually wish to discuss to — on any platform.