Trevor Noah Talks 'Daily Show' Gig With Jerry Seinfeld in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Byron Keulemans
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Incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah was Jerry Seinfeld's passenger on the latest installment of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

During Wednesday night's episode, the comedian shared his first reaction to being offered Jon Stewart's hosting seat on The Daily Show, a job he never imagined he would be considered for.

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"I was like, 'Who's gonna get the job?' ... Jon announces he’s leaving -- it throws everybody off. Because Jon does what no one seems to do and that’s leave when the time is right," Noah said, prompting Seinfeld to ask why Stewart didn't choose to stay for the upcoming presidential election, the "juiciest time" for any political comedy show.

"He's got an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old. It's the juiciest time in their lives," Noah replied.

The South Africa-born comedian revealed that he was abroad in Dubai when he got the offer call from his manager.

"I’m literally driving in the middle of the night and my phone rings and my manager says, 'How would you like to be the host of the Daily Show?' I get out the car, and I didn’t have legs," he recalled. "You know in those movies where there’s an explosion? But instead of the sound of the explosion, you hear the silence. That’s literally what happened. And then the worst thing is, you’re in Dubai, which is one of the hardest places in the world to find a drink."

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When he was finally able to pull himself together, Noah remembered thinking, 'Let’s find a drink in this Muslim Middle-Eastern country. Even if we’re getting arrested, this is worth it. Let’s get that drink.'

Noah also shared how he managed to maintain a career in comedy, despite growing up in South Africa during a time when free speech was illegal.

Said Seinfeld, "You’re gonna do just fine. You are a purebred. Despite your mixed ethnic heritage, your comedic heritage is very purebred."

Watch the episode below or on Crackle.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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