By Marina Souliman
The well-known satirical program “The Daily Show,” will be going through some dramatic changes upon its return on September 28.
Previous host Jon Stewart will be replaced by South African comedian, Trevor Noah, 31, who is one of the most successful comedians in Africa with several stand-up acts and television appearances on “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Through an interview in Entertainment Weekly, Noah revealed his plans to take on more perspectives and news sources rather than just taunting Fox News on the show, a pastime at which Stewart excelled.
With some set changes, he also plans to include more impressions and accents in the show as seen in his own stand-up comedy sets.
Despite his rough experiences and challenges as an interracial child in an apartheid South Africa, Noah has a humorous take on life. Having to hide his racial identity for a majority of his childhood, Noah has some very interesting experiences and perspectives on culture and society which he reveales in his shows.
Furthermore, the shooting of his mother in a domestic abuse issue reveals the influences on his comedy as he tries to see the comedic side of even the worst situations.
“I’ve lived a life where I’ve never really fit in anywhere in any particular way. Even now people still debate on what I am…And then when you get older it’s cool because you’ve lived everywhere and nowhere, you’ve been everyone but no one so you can say everything and nothing and that’s what really affects my comedy,” Noah said in his documentary “You Laugh But It’s True.”
Because Noah is multiracial in a country that was plagued by social issues for many years, he establishes himself as one of the pioneers for South African comedy. With sensible wit and well timed jokes, Noah had his one-man-show two years after he started his comedy career.
“I think ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ is so iconic and the impact he had on pop culture would be a great obstacle for Trevor, but with his different background and kind of animosity I think he’ll bring a different vibe to the show and bring in comedy that appeals to a wider audience. So I’m excited to see that,” junior Kaitlyn Nguyen said. As individuals, we seem to inherit one perspective and ultimately, fail to see things in any other way.
Therefore, it is important to understand the world in different ways in order to learn empathy.
Noah manages to do this with his different perspective of the world. He offers a different mindset when it comes to international and political issues because of his upbringing and life in general.
He is a South African man who will definitely affect America’s point of view.