I desperately want to say that I watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to keep up-to-date, but half the time it’s because they are so irresistibly hilarious and entertaining!
In a world where everything is tumultuous and unpredictable, comedy is the only release. I found myself easily connecting with these shows even though I am an India teenager. Both the hosts seamlessly integrate comedy into current affairs.
Favorite interviews of all time:
From The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
From The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
This is one of my favorite videos of all time. It is from November 29 episode of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Noah invited Tomi Lahren, a reporter at the Blaze, who is wildly popular for her “Final Thoughts” that are blatantly honest and jarring.
Trevor and Lahren maintain polar-opposite beliefs and ideologies, so it was interesting to see how they sparred back and forth on current topics about Black Lives Matter movement, Donald Trump’s victory, and how people should exercise their free speech rights.
Noah always preached that the only way to make someone understand their illogical or nonsensical arguments is to persistently ask why and get to the roots. After all, logic defies insanity. In this episode, we saw him put this tactic to practice. Noah politely, innocently, and earnestly asked, “How should a black person bring up their grievances?” Although this well-worded and thoughtful question incited a lot of controversies, I think it was totally worth asking! That’s what I love about Noah – he is cheeky and funny but he forces people to think on their feet. He forces pull to stand in others’ shoes.
I would like to know if you’ve ever thought of the ‘how’ because you’re the first person I’ve met who’s said this. I’ve seen this message online. I’m not labeling you as the bad person. I just want to know if you’ve ever thought of the ‘how.’
– Noah to Lahren
Although Noah didn’t let her off the hook, he didn’t berate her or go off on a different tangent. He was confident and earnest. This is one of the reasons he is so popular. He addresses issues earnestly and humbly. He takes these strong positions and isn’t afraid to speak up, but he doesn’t do it in a dogmatic yelling way. This is clearly demonstrated in the video.
I’m not selling you anger. I am selling you a relationship and a connection. I am selling you a home and a little space that we can share together to process what is happening in our lives. I even say some days on the show, ‘I’m not going to be outraged about this.’ Kellyanne Conway having her feet on the couch [in the Oval Office] … we can have fun with that, but don’t waste your anger on that. Don’t let that be the thing, because you’re going to get tired.