Trevor Noah has experienced a rough time since starting his hosting gig at The Daily Show. Everybody knew he would be ripped apart by the right wing media — that was a given. However, the left wing has ripped him apart as well. Salon now has become the latest left-wing site to declare that, perhaps, Trevor Noah just isn’t funny.
“Yeah, the new ‘Daily Show’ is so deadly that I have to do what I can to punch up the jokes. I’m not the only one who senses that something is lacking. Since Noah’s takeover, ‘The Daily Show’s’ ratings have fallen like a drunk heckler slipping on watermelon guts at a Gallagher show. Nielsen stats show a 37 percent drop overall.”
Salon adds that not everything is doom-and-gloom. The 18-24 demo has increased by 20 percent and on-demand streaming has increased by 44 percent. The writer, Sarah Burris, thinks that Trevor is having a rough time because his comedy isn’t the type of comedy The Daily Show is used to. Burris believes that Jon Stewart’s comedy was like Saturday Night Live, whereas Trevor Noah’s comedy is more Mad TV. However, some people in the comments section after the article have defended Trevor Noah.
“I find Trevor Noah to be an amazingly gifted and intelligent comedian (just do a search for his performances on YouTube; the man speaks four or five languages fluently). Each person who occupies the chair of a much beloved personality will bring their own perspective and talents to it; TN is not a Jon Stewart clone, nor should he be expected to be,” says commenter MS.
“This is just click-bait-hate. For shame. He’s obviously funny. Is he Jon Stewart funny? No. But neither was Jon Stewart at first and Sarah Burris cited some of his more genius ideas near the latter years of his career,” says 16Fire.
Speaking of Noah, the Washington Times has quoted Noah about his familiarity with racism.
“I’ve always said America feels like a second home to me because the racism is familiar out here, which is really wonderful. Because I understand it. It is very simple.”
Noah adds that he understands the history of Black people in the United States and also the younger white kids who don’t believe they should be held accountable for the sins of their ancestors. He laughs about it during the interview. Let’s hope Trevor Noah has a sense of humor when reading things about him on Twitter.
Who the f... is trevor noah? I just read where one of the two people that actually watch your program just said you were an idiot.— Rob Hillis (@talentonloan2) November 21, 2015
Trevor Noah understands that not everybody is going to like him. He recently gave an interview to the Independent about this topic.
“I can never be in control of how much people appreciate me. The only things I can control is how hard I work, how honest I am and how much I put myself out there.”
Perhaps people need to just give Trevor Noah more of a chance and judge him on his own merits instead of how he compares to Jon Stewart. As plenty of people have pointed out, it took Stewart some time to find his footing on the Daily Show. Do you think Trevor Noah will eventually succeed? Let us know in the comments section.
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