Trevor Noah gets another big break in the US

2014-12-07 15:00

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Before Trevor Noah took to the stage of The Daily Show in New York on Thursday night, one of his agents gave him a gift – some biltong.

Friend and fellow comedian David Kibuuka was watching from the wings, and host Jon Stewart’s interviewee for the night, Angelina Jolie, was waiting in the green room when Noah took to the stage.

He was wearing a suit and tie, and was warmly greeted by Stewart, whose hugely popular late-night show has helped launch the careers of, among others, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

“It’s exciting when you find new talent,” announced Stewart. “We are very pleased to welcome our newest contributor from South Africaaaa, Mr Trevor Noah!”

“Ooh, I’ve seen his show on Netflix,” a woman sitting in the front row was heard whispering to her friend.

Noah’s show on the streaming service, as well as his previous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman, combined with numerous stand-up shows at venues across the US, have helped introduce him to audiences here.

Noah will make an appearance every six to eight weeks in his new role as a contributor to The Daily Show.

This means he’ll have time to travel across South Africa and the world doing the stand-up shows that have made him a household name at home.

At the taping, Stewart and Noah bantered about current events.

“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” said Noah, referring to the outpouring of anger in the wake of the deaths of unarmed African-American males at the hands of white police officers.

“My friends told me, ‘Trevor, don’t go to the US, you’ll catch Ebola’,” said Noah.

“But you’re the one from Africa,” retorted Stewart.

“We haven’t had a single case in over 18 years, Jon,” replied Noah. “But I was like, ‘You know what guys, just because they had a few cases of Ebola doesn’t mean we should cut off travel there. That would be ignorant, right?’”

He received loud, warm applause and a lot of laughter from the live studio audience.

When the segment had wrapped, Stewart shook Noah’s hand, held on to it for a while and whispered in his ear.

There’s no doubt about it. Noah has officially become part of The Daily Show family.

» Noah’s debut has already aired, but will be repeated on DStv’s channel 122 (Comedy Central) at 9pm today and at 9.25pm tomorrow.

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