Trevor Noah gave an interview to Reuters about balancing comedy and current affairs for his hosting job at The Daily Show. In this interview, he drops a bombshell.
“It has been 10 months since Trevor Noah took the helm at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, but the South African comedian said he still agrees when people say he’s not ready to host the satirical late night news show. ‘I don’t think I would ever have been ready, but that’s when you must do it, you will not be ready,’ the comedian told Reuters.”
Trevor Noah admits that it’s hard to ever “be ready” to host “The Daily Show.” [Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images]
Trevor Noah understands that he’s not to everybody’s liking, and his interview comes at a time when his ratings continue to suffer, although not as bad as they have earlier this year. When averaging ratings on Showbuzz Daily for last week, Trevor Noah attracted 807,000 viewers a night. This is actually more than many of his previous weeks, but far lower than the numbers that Jon Stewart attracted during his reign.
“I know there are moments where I feel like I have excelled or reached where I would like to be. But I’m far from, from where I would like to end up,” Trevor Noah told Reuters.
Noah also talked about the Black Lives Matter movement and that being pro-police and understanding the concerns that African Americans face can go hand in hand. Noah was highly praised for his comments about this on The Daily Show last week.
“You guys see that shooting that happened two days ago? Don’t worry, if you missed it, there was another one yesterday,” Noah somberly told the audience, before noting that the black men did nothing to warrant the shootings — at least based on the videos.
“And you know the hardest part about having conversations about police shootings in America… You always feel like in America that if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” Noah eagerly continued, before humorously pitting people as either a cat person or a dog person.
Noah also said people are either Red Sox or Yankee fans. He also joked that people are either in the “LOL” or “Ha Ha Ha” groups when they text. This led into him seriously pointing out that you can be pro-Black and pro-police, and vice versa. His statement, which was made before the police shootings in Dallas, received a thunderous applause.
Meanwhile, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Trevor Noah will be bringing The Daily Show to Cleveland, Ohio, next week for the Republican National Convention.
“Trevor Noah, the impish host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, is bracing for a chaotic, controversial and history-making Republican National Convention. The event promises to be the perfect straight man for a late-night show that puts a humorous spin on the news.”
Trevor Noah told the author of the article, Julie Washington, that this is an opportunity to be part of a moment in history since it could represent the end of the Republican Party. He also told her that he likes that people get their news elsewhere before viewing his show. This makes it easier for him to do satire without trying to explain the news.
Some people don’t think Trevor Noah will be on The Daily Show within a couple of months. Do you think that’s wishful thinking about Noah, or is it the unfortunate truth? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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