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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. “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 chat fest 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.