1784716_1A lot of folks were surprised when Samantha Bee was not offered the host’s chair following Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show.

After all, Bee, from Toronto, was the longest-serving “senior” correspondent on the Comedy Central showcase, logging 12 seasons.

Nonetheless, Trevor Noah got the gig. Bee took her act to TBS, home of Conan O’Brien. Her new series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, premieres Monday night at 10:30 p.m. on The Comedy Network.

So finally, a lady in late night. Bee’s test shows, available on YouTube, offer a ballsy approach pitched beyond what her male late night rivals are up to. Will that make her stand out or just make heads explode throughout the red states? Read more in this feature I wrote appearing in Monday’s Toronto Star.


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