Roy Wood Jr. and Desi Lydic on humor, politics and the future of ‘The Daily Show’



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If Roy Wood Jr. and Desi Lydic know who is taking over for Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show,” they’re not sharing.

“Is that you, is that you?” the couple jokingly asked when the topic came up in their CNN interview.

Although they are well aware that it is a matter of time, they choose to focus on the work at hand.

And there are quite a few. Recently, the show made a stop in Atlanta, where the middle tests were on many people’s minds.

For Wood, “The Daily Show” – with its mix of comedy and current affairs – is a gig that allows him to combine his passions.

“You know, my dad was a civil rights reporter and he tackled a lot of the same issues, but without the words,” he told CNN. “Being able to have a job that I love because it’s my journalism career and my love of standup rolled into one burrito.”

Both Wood and Lydic are enjoying their time on the show

Trevor Noah on the move

For Lydic, the highlight is doing his “Foxsplains” segment, which parodies right-wing media coverage.

“We started to find that sometimes we’d say something so absurd and then we’d hear the same thing reflected in some right-wing media and we’d be like, ‘Oh, no,'” Lydic said.

Being able to find humor in difficult stories, from politics to race to the pandemic, is part of the magic of “The Daily Show,” Wood said.

“I think there are certain issues where people need time to heal,” he said. “Trevor also has a good finger on the pulse of when it’s time to joke and when it’s time to be poignant.”

Lydic agrees, saying, “It seems that now more than ever, people have an insatiable need to laugh.”

“And I think on the show, it feels like, over the last couple of years, we’ve given ourselves permission to not make a joke when it’s not right to make a joke about something,” he said. “And Trevor is extremely thoughtful about it and willing to have a conversation about reacting to something that happened without feeling the pressure to have a big punch.”

Noah was equally thoughtful, it seems, with his decision to leave.

“What’s been dope is that Trevor made the announcement and then there was a week of ‘What?!’ and then it was back to work,” Wood said. “Because there is still half a term to do. There are still elections to come. In the meantime, I’m just going to focus on trying to put on a good show because if we’re not careful, you could lose sight of what you have to work on every day.”

“The Daily Show” airs at 11pm ET weekdays on Comedy Central.

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