It’s no secret that when SA-born comedian Trevor Noah took over the helm of the Daily Show from Jon Stewart a year ago not everyone supported the move.
Trevor was a ‘relatively unknown’ comedian from SA who represented a dawn of change for the show.
So it is not unusual that the comedian has received a fair amount of criticism as viewers get comfortable with his style of comedy.
Trevor‚ who celebrates one year on the show this week‚ spoke to US publication Vice about his journey this far.
During the interview Trevor opened up about the backlash he’s gotten and how he’s handled it.
“I always say‚ ‘It’s like I was playing in high school or college sports‚ and this is major league.’ You can prepare all you want‚ but you’re now in a completely different league with different criticisms‚ different competition‚ and different objectives. It changes everything‚’” he said.
Trevor said that when he joined the show one of the things on top of his agenda was to introduce a level of “multiculturalism.”
The comedian says that whenever he’s been questioned about ‘jokes being too black’ he has this response.
“I think the biggest thing was just trying to bring in a level of multiculturalism. The one thing I acknowledged when I got here was that the show was very white. And not in a negative way. It just was what it was‚” he said.
Trevor added that when someone questioned him about jokes being ‘too black‚’ he responded with a rhetorical reply‚ questioning what a ‘black joke was.’
The comedian added that when people complain that his show focuses too much on a single topic‚ especially when its an issued like Black Lives Matter‚ he just sits back in disbelief.
“That is the level that you have in your mind? Hearing about Trump 100 times is as irritating to you as hearing about police brutality six times? Wow. That’s a problem‚” he said.
Trevor is also set to release his highly-anticipated book Born A Crime on November 15‚ which delves into Trevor’s childhood of a mixed-race child growing up during the Apartheid regime.