Thede transitioned seamlessly from being head writer on Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show 14 months ago to helming her own talk show on Thursday night, becoming the first black woman in late-night since 2011. “Her reactions are sharp and gif-able,” says Ashley Ray-Harris. “The segments are compact and informational; ready to be consumed in your news feed the next day. Instead of feeling like a desperate reach at relevance, it feels realistic. Thede knows that’s exactly where her audience is going to see this content; not on a TV with cable with commercials.