The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – SA Comic Bags One of TV’s Biggest Roles [analysis]

This is the biggest thing to happen to a South African entertainer since Charlize won the Oscar. News that 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as the host of America’s top satirical TV programme, ‘The Daily Show’, set the internet ablaze on Monday. The interest in Noah’s appointment in the States is testament to the hugely influential role ‘The Daily Show’ occupies in American popular culture. Noah faces a daunting task.

One of the interesting aspects of You Laugh But It’s True, a so-so 2011 documentary on Trevor Noah’s attempt to make it in comedy, was the sense you got that Noah was deeply resented for his success and good looks by some of his fellow South African comics. The likes of comedy veteran Mel Miller, who, when asked about Noah on camera, rasped about how young black comics “mustn’t come bitching about Apartheid”.

Miller and co. must have been seething with envy on Monday, when Comedy Central announced that Noah would take Jon Stewart’s seat as host of The Daily Show.

To give a sense of just how big a deal this is, one 2010 poll put Jon Stewart as the most…

Source : Daily Maverick