Larry Wilmore

Comedy Central

Just as Stephen Colbert did before him, Larry Wilmore now has to figure out how to follow The Daily Show in a fresh and, most importantly, funny way.

Unlike Colbert, however, Wilson has more or less also been tasked with filling the void for those whose TV-watching lives haven't been the same since The Colbert Report ended last month.

The Nightly Show premiered last night on Comedy Central to overhwelmingly positive reviews, though it's always difficult to tell how a personality-driven, political-comedy show—especially one following in such hallowed footsteps—will be able to grow and come into its own (and both retain and build an audience) moving forward. (Remember those who didn't think the soft t on the Report was going to last?)

But at least he's already gotten a tip of the hat from one important corner.

"Well, I'm impressed. #keepingit100," Colbert tweeted after watching Wilmore's hosting debut, his hashtag referring to the Nightly Report segment in which the panelists had to sound off on a controversial topic—and keep it 100 percent real.

"I guess the white version is Truth or Dare, except here we don't have the dare," Wilmore explained on Monday's premiere, which followed through with the promised premise of the show, which would be to discuss the issues of the day, particularly the racially charged issues, from a black perspective. Shenaz Treasury was introduced as the first Nightly Show correspondent and last night's panelists included Cory Booker, Talib Kweli and actor Bill Burr.

"Speak for all of the white people," Wilmore hilariously challenged Burr after asking the actor-writer, whose latest film is the Kevin Costner-starring drama Black or White, if white people were "tired of black protests."

"I gotta be honest with you," Burr replied. "‘Is protesting legal?' would be my question. Cause it seems like they say it is but then the cops show up."

If night one is any indication, we predict some great Nightly Show moments to come—perhaps even some John Oliver-esque moments!

But getting the Colbert bump never hurt.

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