larry wilmore (screenshot)

*Monday night “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” debuted in the time slot formerly occupied by the “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central with a format that appears to be one part “Politically Incorrect” and one part “The Daily Show.”

The first guests to visit “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” were former Newark Mayor and current U.S. senator Cory Booker, hip-hop artist and activist Talib Kweli,and actor/comedian Bill Burr with additional commentary from correspondent Shenaz Treasury.

The opening monologue was tight like hallways and the guests were bold and uncensored in their honest assessments of the day’s current events.

When “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” was initially proposed, my immediate hope were that it be intelligent, relevant and daring. All of those hopes were realized with the first show as Wilmore deftly and skillfully plied his wares on late night television.

We’ll be tuning in next week to see if he can keep this up and will tune in next week. Check out this video of a behind the scenes look at The Nightly Show’s set in this video shot at a media meet-and-greet just days before the premiere.