JOHANNESBURG - The Daily Show on Thursday revealed South African comedian Loyiso Madinga as its new Africa correspondent.
The Comedy Central show, which is hosted by South Africa's Trevor Noah, released a promo video on their Facebook page on Thursday.
“As wild as Donald Trump is for America, many countries around the world have Trumps of their own and since The Daily Show is in many countries, we thought ‘why not give each country a chance to show off their stable geniuses?’” Noah said in a statement.
Behind the scenes, Noah has made a point of diversifying his team with African comedy writers, including Ugandan Joseph Opio and David Kibuuka, a South African of Ugandan origin.
It also reflects Comedy Central’s willingness to have a more international show for an internet audience streaming from anywhere in the world.
Madinga has been on the local comedy scene for a few years now. He won the Graca Comedy Showdown in 2012 and the Savanna Newcomer Award in 2014.
The comedian, who is from the Eastern Cape, said: “What is really great is this places an authentic spotlight on local comedy and presents a reality that combats the stereotypical perception of Africa.”
The first Africa Daily Show with Trevor Noah segment is TONIGHT on DStv channel 122 Comedy Central. Shout out to the writing team for a great piece.Posted by Loyiso Madinga on Thursday, 11 January 2018
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