There has not been much conversation around it, because we live in an outrage culture and there was nothing outrageous said in it, but Trevor Noah was recently on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I wish this episode would’ve come out a few months ago, because for anyone that watches it, it completely erases the Twitter stink that’s been clinging to Noah since the day after he was announced as the new host.
It’s a 20 minute episode, and I understand how valuable your time is, so I doubt that I can convince that many of you to watch the episode, but I assure you that whatever you might think about Noah based on some terrible jokes he told on Twitter a few years ago will be completely forgotten.
There is no brashness. There’s not even a hint of assholery. It’s the perfect reintroduction to Noah; it’s an opportunity to get to know him outside of his few Daily Show appearances, or YouTube videos of his stand-up performances, or his Twitter account. It’s a real glimpse into who the Noah is, a thoughtful, brilliant, and quick-witted guy who can speak about his past in South Africa with a mixture of humor and poignancy. In 20 minutes, you quickly get the sense of his intelligence, his humility, and his grasp on world politics. He clearly has more than enough life experience to inform his ability to anchor The Daily Show.
What the full episode here, but if you don’t have the time, at least listen to him speak about the complicated manner in which his mother and father spent time together before marriage was allowed in Apartheid South Africa. His black mother had to pretend to be his white father’s maid in order to get into his home, and then she had to pretend that mixed-race Noah was someone else’s child she was babysitting, because it was illegal for black and white people to conceive a child together (start watching at 15:30).