E! is adding a new talk show to its Friday night lineup with “The Grace Helbig Show.” It’s the first late-night show since “Chelsea Lately” wrapped up in 2014, but the new show's star, Grace Helbig, explained that she isn’t trying to replicate Chelsea Handler’s creation.
“I think her show was the perfect show for her tone and her voice and her point of view, and I have a different voice and different point of view, and so I’m going to try this show that’s going to feel different than Chelsea,” the host told Variety. “But I don’t want people to think it’s in any way a replacement for Chelsea. It’s just something that makes more sense for me.”
While the two shows both have blond comedians at the helm, the similarities end there. Here’s what you can expect from “The Grace Helbig Show":
1. She’s from YouTube – Helbig, 29, got her start on the Internet. She’s been making comedic YouTube videos since 2007, when vlogging was considered more of a hobby than a career. She still vlogs three times a week on her channel, where she has more than 2 million subscribers.
2. Bringing the Internet to TV – Expect Helbig to bring a few friends from YouTube to television. Mamrie Hart, host of YouTube’s “You Deserve a Drink,” and German vlogger Flula will both appear as guests on the first show along with “The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler.
3. Format – This isn’t another soundstage with a live audience. The New Jersey native wanted a more relaxed vibe for “The Grace Helbig Show.” “I really want it to feel personal and intimate, and as if the audience is hanging out with me,” she told USA Today. “It takes place in a house and there's no trying to hide that there's a crew involved. I wanted the fourth wall to be destroyed. I want the audience to feel like they're on set; they know the director, they know the camera guy, they know the boom operator's favorite type of deodorant.”
Helbig even took YouTube fans on a tour of the house. Watch her set visit below:
4. Fans matter – Helbig, who authored the New York Times best-seller “Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up,” wants her audience as involved as possible. Expect the show to have interactive elements. “They've already been so excited to feel a part of it, and that's, to me, the most important part,” she told Mashable. “My audience, they're not only my friends, they're my boss at the same time.”
5. Friday night time slot – The comedian knows that Friday nights aren’t exactly known for attracting viewers because that’s when people go out. However, Helbig is looking for the audience that likes staying at home. “I want those people that don't necessarily want to go out [on weekends] to feel like they have a place to go,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “That they can hang in with me, and it's just as much fun as going out.”
6. She’s prepared – She didn’t just jump from making videos in her bedroom to a studio at E! Helbig has done stand-up, taken classes at the Peoples Improv Theater, acted as a correspondent on G4’s “Attack of the Show,” acted in indie films like “Camp Takota” and even went around to various TV personalities to ask for advice. You can see her ask Andy Cohen, Joel McHale, Larry King and more for their best tips and tricks below:
“The Grace Helbig Show” premieres Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT on E!