Trevor Noah, the incoming host of “The Daily Show” told Newsweek on Monday that “women are more powerful than men in comedy” despite the lack of female hosts in late night.
Vanity Fair magazine shared a photograph on Monday that accompanied a feature on the “new faces, shows, and platforms” in the late-night comedy world. It showed Noah, who is set to take over “The Daily Show” following Jon Stewart’s retirement, among an all-male group of comedians.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 14, 2015
The Internet proceeded to mock the lack of diversity in the photograph.
“Yes, that Vanity Fair (spread) is all men, which is what it is,” Noah told Newsweek. “But I guess what we need to look at is how is that evolving? The first step in that is you go, OK, there’s two men of color. That’s a big jump. Pretty soon there will be a woman that’ll be added to that. And there will probably be more women, which is gonna be fantastic. And over time, that’ll happen; it’s a conversation that we need to continue having.”
Noah then pointed to some of the best comedians in the business — who happen to be women.
“I don’t agree with the notion that there are no women in comedy,” Noah told the publication. “I would even argue that women are more powerful than men in comedy right now. If you look at the top comedy actors, Melissa McCarthy by far is killing most of the numbers of other actors. You look at Amy Schumer right now—I would argue that there is no more preeminent voice in comedy. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, their movies coming out.”
Read Newsweek’s full interview.