Trevor Noah speaks about his Daily Show Take-over
On the 29th of September we get to see South Africa’s most talented comedian on our T.V screens.
It was an important night for Trevor Noah on Tuesday evening where he performed in Santa Monica with an audience which consisted of members of the Television Critics Association. This would have been his first live appearance before the board, who are a group of high-profile individuals who will be scrutinizing his every move on The Daily Show.
Trevor Noah spoke about relevant topics such as the different types of racism he has experienced:
“In South Africa, we have top-quality racism. Handcrafted racism. Now racism is cheap and mass-produced and probably made in China.”
He further explains how he came across “charming American racism.”,“When I played in Lexington, Kentucky, it was racism with a smile,” Noah said, relating a story where a man passed him on the street and said “Good afternoon, [n-word]” and a Southern belle-type woman told him after his performance, “You are by far the funniest and most handsomest [n-word] ever.”
Trevor Noah explained his intentions for the Daily Show:
“I think of it as evolution as opposed to revolution,” he said. “I’m a big fan of ‘The Daily Show,’ so for me to break it would be blasphemy in my world. So right now I’m looking for a way to incorporate the new media while still keeping the core of what the show is.”
Yet Stewart’s are huge shoes to fill.
“The biggest pressure for me is living up to the expectations that Jon has of me. I never dreamed that I’d be sitting here in this chair talking to you now about hosting the show. I guess Jon knew something about me that I didn’t,” Noah said. “There is an immense pressure for me to live up to that legacy and keep that flagship going.”
Trevor Noah comments on the twitter criticism he has received:
“Luckily Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show. So I should be able to say things in a better, well-formed way.”
Source: TV Week