As Alec Baldwin prepares for his latest career reinvention with the launch of his MSNBC talk show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” on Friday (Oct. 11), he reveals that he’s not aiming to compete with Comedy Central powerhouses “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.”
In an interview with Politico, Baldwin says that, though he’ll be up against HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” in the Fridays at 10 p.m. timeslot (a show that infuses comedy and politics much like the Comedy Central stalwarts), he doesn’t see any of those types of shows as competition. “I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central. We’re not going to go for those laughs,” he says. “[Jon] Stewart. Bill Maher. [Stephen] Colbert … They dominate that world, and I have no desire to compete with that at all.”
Instead, Baldwin is focusing on putting together a chatfest full of interviews that he’d enjoy sitting down for, after years of “very frustrating and unsatisfactory” experiences on the other side of the desk. “I want to do a show that was more like how I would like to be treated if I were the guest on a show,” he confesses.
The former “30 Rock” actor reveals that he initially aimed to do a network show in the format of his “Here’s The Thing” podcast, but when no real estate was available at NBC, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin “jumped up and said he had a time slot.”
When asked how he feels about entering the cable news fray, Baldwin says, “I’m going from a world where it was — certainly never all about me, but it was more about me, and now I’m one of many in this factory.”
“Up Late with Alec Baldwin” premieres Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. ET on MSNBC.