Trevor Noah’s star is so big at the moment, Americans must think he brought light to darkest Africa.
Why else would US GQ writer Zach Baron claim that “Trevor Noah comes from a place where audiences barely understand what stand-up comedy even is”.
Baron drops this clanger in a lengthy interview with the new host of The Daily Show that sees Noah describe the key moments in his life during his journey to stardom.
Noah describes his mixed-race upbringing (“his birth was evidence of a crime,” writes Baron), and the heart-wrenching day his mother was shot by an abusive partner.
He also lets readers in on his plans for The Daily Show.
“I have a very vague picture of the show right now. It'll be like a face-lift. Because, don't get it twisted, I'm a big fan of The Daily Show, and that's what it's still gonna be. It's still gonna be The Daily Show. It's the same way, when Fallon took over from Leno, it's still The Tonight Show.”
Noah also adressed the controversy surrounding some of his tweets as an expected backlash for replacing John Stewart as host of The Daily Show.
“A guy doesn't leave and another guy comes in and there's no backlash. That never, ever happens. When Michael B Jordan got cast as the new Human Torch in Fantastic Four, there was backlash, because they were like, ‘How can this fictional character be a black man?'“
What he probably won’t be expecting, however, is a backlash from South African celebrities, largely because he feels there aren’t that many.
Talking about why his Tonight With Trevor Noah talk show only lasted two years, he said: “You go, ‘Wow, we've interviewed all twenty-six people who are famous enough right now, and there's literally no one else’.“