I believe her appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night marked Ava DuVernay’s first time on any of the top daily late-night talk shows, since she directed her first feature film. And by “top daily late-night talk shows,” I’m referring to those iconic programs with long histories (and different hosts over the years) that air on the so-called Big 3 networks (although it’s really the Big 4, but FOX doesn’t currently have a late-night talk show). The Big 3 are CBS (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”); NBC (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”); and ABC (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – the youngest of the 3).
During last night’s appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” DuVernay of course talked about her new dramatic TV series, “Queen Sugar,” which airs on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, making its much-anticipated premiere last night at 10pm – the first of a two-night presentation (episode 2 airs tonight, also at 10pm). The filmmaker/producer/distributor also spoke with host Colbert about working with Winfrey, and recalled humorous recent stories that included their first meeting, as well as a “top secret” birthday party they both attended that featured the likes of the POTUS, FLOTUS, Usher, Janelle Monáe, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul McCartney in attendance, as well as some “epic” impromptu dancing.
By the way, DuVernay is scheduled to appear on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” tonight.
Watch her appearance on Colbert’s stage below: