The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is with us talking pointed comedy and the challenges of taking over from Jon Stewart.
Seven months ago, multiracial South African comedian Trevor Noah took over the Daily Show. Jon Stewart said his goodbyes, grew a beard and took off. This week, Jon Stewart is back in the news, calling Donald Trump a "man-baby." And Trevor Noah is with us, talking about moving into one of the biggest seats in American politics. The kid from Soweto, in the thick of it. This hour On Point: a conversation with Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
-- Tom Ashbrook
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Trevor Noah Wants You to Know About Donald Trumps All Over the World — "Last night, Noah once again showed that we're not alone. Trumps exist in other parts of the world, like in the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte offered to have sex with a bride and all the wives at a wedding. Or Geert Wilders from the Netherlands, who has called for a ban on the Koran and compared Islam to Nazism." (Esquire)
Lupita Nyong’o and Trevor Noah, and Their Meaningful Roles — "I went to all the young comedians I knew — black, Hispanic, female, whatever — and I said, “Are you interested?” And they all said: “Are you crazy? Of course, I’m interested.” So I asked, “Why didn’t you audition?” And they said, “We didn’t know about it.” But they told me they’d sent it out to all the agents and managers. And they all went: “Oh, that’s where you made the mistake. We can’t get agents or managers.” We can say we want diversity, but there’s this little roadblock that no one tells you about." (New York Times)
Laughing to the White House: Why Comedy and Politics Need Each Other — "Now comedy is being utilized even more as a tool to effectively communicate messaging. Quite frankly, it’s hard to turn on the TV without coming across some form of political comedy. This presence is only intensified through social media and online television access. From SNL’s coverage of the presidential election to shows such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, many media platforms today partake in exploring the intersection of comedy and policy. And many of them do it well." (Paste Magazine)
This program aired on May 13, 2016.