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Comedian Taylor Tomlinson makes history with ‘After Midnight’

Taylor Tomlinson stands in front of the sign for her show “After Midnight.” Tomlinson is the first woman to take over a pre-existing late-night show. (Robert Voets | Paramount Press Express)

A comedian who addresses her own flaws yet finds humor in herself and the not-so-pretty parts of life, Taylor Tomlinson attracts an audience where those involved find humor in trauma dumping, sucky parts of dating and being in your twenties.

Having recently finished the “Have It All” tour, Taylor Tomlinson’s longest tour to date for over 130 shows, – featured on Netflix – Tomlinson is now the host of the late-night show “After Midnight.”

“After Midnights” is a reboot of the series from Comedy Central called “@Midnight.” The show serves as a replacement for “The Late Late Show with James Corden” which ran from 2013 through 2017 with over 500 episodes.

“After Midnight” is a late-night comedy panel game show where Tomlinson and other comics look at topics related to social media. The goal is for the other comics to earn points from Tomlinson based on the quality of how well their responses to the segments are.

A creative member from the team that made “@Midnight” is Stephen Colbert as an executive producer, now on “After Midnight.”

Since its release on Jan. 16, “After Midnight” has 19 episodes that feature different comedians in each episode such as Kel Mitchell from “Good Burger” and Pete Holmes. Viewers can watch the first episode of “After Midnight” for free on YouTube

Tomlinson is a comedian who discusses mental health, relationships and navigating life. Tomlinson has gained popularity through online clips and appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show” and “Conan.”

Tomlinson has been featured on two seasons of Netflix TV series “The Comedy Lineup” released in 2018 and 2019 and a comedy special “Quarter-Life Crisis,” released on Netflix in 2020.

In one of her specials called “Look At You,” Tomlinson talked about her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and is straightforward, along with letting others know how helpful getting treated has been for her.

“I’m so glad I know that I’m bipolar now – I mean I’m on the right meds, I got a mood ring,” Tomlinson said in “Look At You.”

When comedians perform, they normally talk about their lives whether it be the highs or lows, so many enjoy comedy because it tends to be honest and relatable to others.

Tomlinson started comedy at the age of 16 while performing stand-up at her local church. Tomlinson’s mother died when she was 8-years-old, and Tomlinson said since then, comedy has been an outlet, in an interview with CBS

The lineup for popular male late-night hosts consists of those like Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyer, Conan and many more. 

Diversity is important, especially on network television because of the potential to reach new viewers. 

It can get repetitive hearing comedians who are mostly men talk about the same experiences, but a female comedian can give a fresh perspective for the audience. 

There have been female hosts on television like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Drew Barrymore. But, Tomlinson is now added to the list of many well-known and respected late-night hosts. 

Being a host for a show, especially in an industry dominated by men, there’s optimism for more women to step into hosting roles, especially late-night television. 


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