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Rogue One writer launches a late-night talk show inside Animal Crossing

Gary Whitta promises celebrity guests, musical talent, and stand-up comedy in short order

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An Animal Crossing player character with spikey brown hair and a blue sportcoat stands on the set of a basement TV show. Image: Gary Whitta on YouTube
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the chilled-out game our world so clearly needs right now, giving folks trapped inside something to pass the time. Now that many players have made their way through the main campaign, they’re putting the game’s assets to alternate uses. That includes screenwriter Gary Whitta, who recently kicked off a late-night talk show in the basement of his Nook-built home.

Formerly the editor-in-chief of both the American and British editions of PC Gamer, Whitta is also the screenwriter of The Book of Eli, co-wrote After Earth with M. Night Shayamalan, and co-developed the story for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He’s also had a hand in making multiple video games, including Duke Nukem Forever, Gears of War, Prey, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

Now he’s a self-made late-night TV host.

Highlights from his Twitch channel’s pilot episode showed up on YouTube on Sunday, with episode 1 debuting on Monday. The first guest was actor Naomi Kyle. In the future he promises more celebrity guests, musical acts, and stand-up comedians in short order.

The set itself is darling, and includes several television cameras. There’s a drum set off to the side for his musician sidekick and video editor Adam Nickerson, as well as a lavish cityscape wallpaper in the background. According to his Twitch channel, viewers can expect episodes every Wednesday night at 7 pm PST. According to Whitta’s Twitter feed, every episode will also be edited and posted on YouTube after the Twitch premiere.

Correction: An earlier version of this story overlooked Whitta’s first guest, actor Naomi Kyle, who appeared in the pilot episode. We’ve adjusted the article.

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