Stephen Colbert with Lenard “Charlamagne” McKelvey on the CBS Late Show.
Courtesy: Scott Kowalchyk for CBS
Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the popular morning radio show “The Breakfast Club”, brings his unique style of comedy and social commentary to late-night television.
The new TV show was co-designed by CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.
“Tha God’s Honest Truth with Lenard ‘Charlamagne’ McKelvey” will debut on Comedy Central on Friday evening from September 17th.
The show brings Colbert back to Comedy Central for the first time since The Colbert Report, a satirical take on personality-driven political shows, ended its eleventh season in 2014.
This week, Colbert teased a return to the network, also owned by CBS parent company ViacomCBS.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs on CBS on weekdays.
Charlamagne and Colbert, both from South Carolina, said they connected through their common background. Colbert’s brother was also a teacher at Charlemagne’s Middle School.
“My brothers in South Carolina Stephen Colbert are the ultimate late-night co-signer and he wouldn’t co-sign a cop —-!” said Charlemagne. “We’re going to win an Emmy for Best Lighting Director next year. I can feel it !!!”
“For too long the town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina has been underrepresented late at night,” Colbert said, referring to the place where Charlamagne grew up. “I look forward to all the ways in which the fearless, incomparable Charlamagne will change the game.”
According to MTV Networks’ press release on Wednesday, Charlamagne’s weekly 30-minute program will present “a culturally fluid view of social issues in a variety of deep dives, sketches and social experiments that skillfully address the most pressing issues permeating politics and culture, refreshingly unfiltered and uncompromisingly black, nothing is taboo. “
“This is one of those moments when I can show you better than I can tell you.” said Charlemagne.
Charlamagne has appeared on Colbert’s “Late Show” seven times since 2016 and the two developed a friendship over the years that culminated in their first business venture. “Tha God’s Honest Truth” will be executive producer by Aaron McGruder, creator of “The Boondocks,” a comic strip and show on Cartoon Network that takes a satirical look at politics, pop culture and the socioeconomic status of the black community .
“Tha God’s Honest Truth” is the latest deal in a growing media empire for Charlamagne.
Charlamagne gained national attention as the sidekick of radio personality Wendy Williams. He is best known as the co-host of “The Breakfast Club,” based at Power 105.1 FM in New York.