First "Detroiters." Now Jordan Klepper. Michigan's total domination of TV comedy continues on pace. Bwah-hah-hah!
Oops, sorry for the evil laugh, but there's more good news for the mitten state's humor geeks. Comedy Central announced Tuesday that Kalamazoo's own Jordan Klepper will be hosting a new late-night talk show at 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning this fall.
In a network statement, Klepper, who's been a "Daily Show" correspondent since 2014, said, "The choice to entrust me with the 11:30 p.m. time slot is both incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing. Without a doubt, it has utterly destroyed my confidence in Comedy Central’s decision-making acumen. Dear God, now I have to work with these fools.”
Klepper has distinguished himself recently with his "Daily Show" field reporting on the Trump campaign and presidency. The segments have become online hits.
His new series is still in the process of being developed. It will be produced by Klepper, "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah and Stuart Miller, (who worked behind the scenes on the Jon Stewart-era "Daily Show"). It will fill the current-events comedy void left by the August 2016 cancellation of "The Nightly Show" with Larry Wilmore.
Klepper, a Kalamazoo native, has a pure Michigan family connection to comedy. Tim Allen is his mother's cousin and was his father's roommate at Central Michigan University.
The Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center graduate majored in math and theater at Kalamazoo College and wound up becoming immersed in student-run improvisation comedy.
Klepper moved to Chicago after getting his degree in 2001. He spent several years honing his craft, taking classes, putting together sketch shows and working as a performer at the city's top troupes, Second City and iO (formerly called the Improv Olympics).
One of his early coaches was Keegan-Michael Key, who became a star through "Mad TV" and "Key & Peele" and guested last month on "Detroiters."
Prior to relocating to New York City and landing the "Daily Show" assignment, Klepper spent three seasons as a correspondent on "Friday Night Tailgate," a former Big Ten Network show with a humorous twist.