Windhoek - South African comedy heavyweight Trevor Noah celebrated the fifth anniversary of hosting popular American television programme “The Daily Show”, his biggest and most prominent gig to date.
Under Noah, the show has had five good years, with the last one being particularly fruitful after earning six Emmy nominations. An Emmy is the small screen equivalent of an Oscar.
Not only that, “The Daily Show” also recently scooped seven awards at the 24th Webby Awards for Best Personality/Host, People's Voice Award for Comedy, People's Voice Award for Humour, among others.
So successful and popular is “The Daily Show” under Noah that in April the episodes were extended from half an hour to 45 minutes.
Noah, on September 29, wrote on his Twitter handle: "Yesterday marked 5 years of hosting @thedailyshow. Beyond grateful to everyone who's been with me on this ride."
On “The Daily Show”, Noah deploys his cutting wit to pass commentary on current affairs in a manner that resonates with the programme’s American base as well as a global audience of millions of viewers.
In 2017, the comedian signed a five-year contract extension to host the Comedy Central programme, having taken over from long-time anchor Jon Stewart in 2015. In a statement then, Noah said he was thrilled to be continuing the amazing journey with fans of “The Daily Show and Comedy Central”. "It's really exciting to renew this contract for either five years or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all, whichever one comes first."
As host, writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show” through to 2022, the South African funny man also produces and host's the programme’s annual year-end specials.
Noah’s hosting of the show has raised its popularity in Africa, making it the flagship slot on Comedy Central’s programming. “The Daily Show’s” following on digital platforms is also shooting through the roof: it has more than 2,2 billion views since Noah premiered as host, according to YouTube Analytics.
The humour mixes with current affairs, sports, culture and a wide range of other topical areas, and Noah has over the years interviewed Kevin Hart, Barack Obama, Burna Boy and Zozibini Tunzi.
To show just how big Noah has become, in September this year he was on the cover of Wall Street Journal.
Last year, with earnings of US$28 million, Trevor Noah cracked the Forbes's list as the world's fourth highest earning comic. Most of his earnings came from a 70-stop international stand-up tour and sales of his book, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”.
“Born a Crime” has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 115 weeks and counting. The biographical work is in production for a motion picture by Paramount Players, with Lupita Nyong'o playing the role of his mother.