South African comedian Trevor Noah is all smiles following his three Emmy nominations over the weekend.
The multi-award winner disclosed the news on his Twitter page saying the TV program he hosts, ‘The Daily show’, was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.
Noah, who has been in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, jokingly took the news to his Twitter page saying: “Wow, I visited Russia for 3 days and now The Daily Show is nominated for 3 Emmys. Next time I should stay for a week and then run for president.
“To all the people who voted for us and to all who watch our show, I could not be more grateful. Spasibo,” he said.
‘The Daily Show’ will be contesting against ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’, ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’.
Winners of the award will be announced during the 70th edition of Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled for September 17 this year at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Noah joined ‘The Daily Show’ in 2014 as a contributor and the following year he took over as host from Jon Stewart, who has been the host since January 11, 1999.
‘The Daily Show’, which is the longest-running program on Comedy Central, according to Mental Floss, was first premiered on July 21, 1996, where it was hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 17, 1998, when Stewart took over.
Information from ‘The Daily Show’ page shows that during Stewart’s tenure, the show became more strongly focused on political satire and news satire, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn's tenure.
To date, the show has won 24 Prime Time Awards.