People have been super excited after news broke today that YouTuber Lilly Singh would be getting her very own talk show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh. The star is actually a Canadian and was born and raised in the GTA. So what was Lilly Singh's life in Toronto like before she became famous? It's actually surprisingly relatable.
Lilly's new show will start airing this upcoming September on NBC nightly at 1:35 AM. It will replace Last Call With Carson Daly. You can expect comedy sketches, special appearances by celebrities and more on her late-night show.
Lilly's new role as a late-night talk show host is groundbreaking because she will be the first woman of colour to hold this position on a major U.S. broadcast network.
However, before she made it big in Hollywood and moved to Los Angeles, she was just like many other millennials – living in Canada at home with her parents and just trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life while she worked a job she hated.
Lilly is a Toronto native! The YouTube star was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. She lived there until she moved with her parents to the city of Markham when she was 16 years old.
After finishing high school in the GTA, Lilly went on to York University for her undergraduate studies. She pursued a major in psychology, but just like many other university students in Canada, she wasn't sure what she wanted to do after graduating.
Her parents wanted her to get a master's degree in science, but the YouTuber was not into the idea of doing more school. "I was really good at it," she told Toronto Life in an interview. "But I hated the idea of living this linear life—take classes, go to grad school, get a job."
Lilly graduated in 2010 and ended up working at a collections agency and manning the phones. She hated the job and didn't know what to do with her life. "It was horrendous. People swore at me all day long," she said.
While she was working a job she hated, Singh ended up finding a YouTube video by Jenna Marbles and this inspired her. "After I saw her video, I fell down a rabbit hole," she told Toronto Life. "I didn’t realize that you could create that kind of content on YouTube."
The very next day, Lilly recorded her first ever video for YouTube. However, her YouTube career didn't take off right away. "...it was really awkward and bad", she said about her first video, but she didn't let that stop her. She continued to make more videos and grew to a thousand subscribers in six months. This helped her get through the unhappiness she felt from her life state.
Her YouTube continued to grow, and she was later inspired by another Torontonian to quit her job and make it a full-time gig. Allen Buckle, a 24-year-old Toronto comedian, had around 500,000 subscribers when he met Lilly.
"So, what do you do?" she asked him. He responded, "I do YouTube. I bought this house with money from making videos". Lilly Singh couldn't believe that a side passion could become a profitable career. "I was blown away," she said. "I had no idea people could make a living posting videos."
After she talked to Buckle, she decided she would make YouTube her career. She was still living at home with her parents at the time and told them then that she wasn't going to continue her education with a master's but instead, she was going to pursue YouTube. Her parents were unsure, but eventually agreed – on certain conditions.
Her father said he would give her one year to pursue it while she continued to live with her parents. If she wasn't able to make money after a year, she had to go to grad school. Lilly agreed, and her YouTube eventually blew up.
In 2015, at age 26, four years after she first started YouTube, Lilly Singh moved out of her parents' house in Markham and into a $1.5-million house in Los Angeles that she bought herself.
Now, she continues to make it big on YouTube and other endeavours and live out the dream. Lilly doesn't forget her Canadian roots though. She is a proud Canadian and we're proud to call her a fellow Toronto native. For instance, she constantly posts pictures on her Instagram repping Canada and Toronto, whether it's cheering on the Raptors or wearing a jacket with Toronto splashed on the back.
We can't wait to see Lilly bring some Canadian talent to the screen in her new late-night talk show this September!
Source: Toronto Life