“This story has been so long, so crazy, so wonderful. Thank you so much to the team and the person I always thank, the crazy genius Jon Stewart. Thank you for calling me up…”
Trevor Noah has won an Emmy award in the outstanding talk series category for his talk show The Daily Show. With the win, Noah makes history as the first African and first black person to win an Emmy for outstanding talk series since the category’s introduction in 2015.
The South African comedian, TV host, actor, political commentator and author first gained recognition in the U.S. in 2014 when he joined Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Trevor then took over as host in 2015 and earned an Emmy in 2017 for outstanding short-form variety series for his work on the news program.
In a triumphant return to the winner’s circle, The Daily show with Trevor Noah clinched the Outstanding Variety Series award at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Peacock Theater last night in Los Angeles, California.
The Daily Show emerged victorious in a highly contested category, beating the likes of The Late Show with Steven Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Problem With Jon Stewart and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
During his acceptance speech, Trevor Noah said:
“This story has been so long, so crazy, so wonderful. Thank you so much to the team and the person I always thank, the crazy genius Jon Stewart. Thank you for calling me up and asking me to come join you on this crazy journey.”
With infectious enthusiasm, Noah went on to express his gratitude to the dedicated team behind the scenes.
“I want to start by thanking the crazy Africans who followed me to this country, David Kibuuka and Joseph Opio, David Meyer, my partner in crime, the writers and the team, Roy Wood Jr. from the very beginning, Jordan Klepper, whose flight got cancelled.
“Showrunner Jen Flanz, this woman rode with me through the trenches. Thank you so much to the team and everyone who gave us an opportunity,” continued Noah.
Noah is hosting the Grammy Awards on February 4 for the fourth year in a row. He is also a Grammy nominee for best comedy album for I Wish You Would, so he could win two EGOT-level awards in a space of just 20 days.
Congratulations Trevor, South Africa is incredibly proud of you.
By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku