David Dobrik just got one step closer to realizing his late-night dreams.
The YouTube luminary said during a VidCon Q&A in 2018 that his ultimate career goal would be to become a late-night host. Given that his channel regularly spotlights a revolving cast of characters, Dobrik clearly has a knack for letting others shine. (He is also already the host of a comedy podcast called Views).
For the first time, Dobrik had the opportunity to share his ambitions with one of the most prominent figures in the space, having made his late-night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. Dobrik wasn’t on to promote anything in particular, but moreso to introduce himself to late-night viewers.
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In addition to playing charades with Martin Short and The Roots rapper Tariq Trotter, talking about the time that he married the 70-year-old mother of fellow ‘Vlog Squadder‘ Jason Nash, and recounting the time that Justin Bieber tickled him in a nightclub, Dobrik also got to live his dream when Fallon briefly let him assume the host position behind his coveted desk (see below).
“I grew up watching it with my family — all the late-night shows,” Dobrik said, adding that his biggest fear about ultimately having a show one day would be having to shake guests’ hands with his excessively sweaty palms. “Then I realized that usually when a woman comes on the show, you give her a hug,” he joked. “So I think my way out of it would be to have a show with only women.”
The Fallon YouTube channel has broken up Dobrik’s appearance into four separate videos, which have collectively garnered 9.1 million views. Dobrik also isn’t the first YouTuber to express his late-night ambitions; comedy vlogger Lilly Singh realized the dream late last year with the launch of NBC‘s A Little Late With Lilly Singh, which airs after Fallon successor Late Night With Seth Meyers.