Here's Why Trevor Noah Thinks Marriage Is Not That Important

Not only is The Daily Show's Trevor Noah known for his comical take on hot-button issues and current events, the South African TV-radio personality can also offer his refreshing perspective on things like marriage. 

As a child of a black mother and a white father in apartheid-era South Africa - where interracial couples could be punished with years-long prison sentences - Noah's parents couldn't get married, but their love for one another made it seem like they were. "I saw my family essentially married," he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday. "My parents were together even though they were apart. They didn't have rings, they never had a certificate. That doesn't define a marriage for me."


"I think marriage is beautiful if you're doing it for the right reasons," he added. "I think too many people get married because it's become an obligation, it's like getting a degree. That's not what marriage should be. Marriage is not defined by a ring."

Noah's professional gig, The Daily Show, recorded its most-watched week since Noah took over for Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central late-night show, with an average of 1.05 million total viewers per episode during the week of May 15, according to Variety. The show is also up 36 percent year-over-year in total viewers and up 18 percent with the key adults in 18-49 demographics.


Noah's ratings run last week is attributed to the development surrounding President Donald Trump's recent conversations with James Comey, Michael Flynn, and Russia. Noah, however, credits the show's unique take on political conversations and in-depth analysis on breaking news.

"I like to see The Daily Show as a platform and a forum where we share in the news together," he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest in-studio on Tuesday. "So I'm not giving you the news, I'm rather trying to provide a space where we can talk about what is in the news. We're all in the same space, we're all seeing what's happening, but you need some analysis."


Noah also gives credit this generation's interest and engagement with current events, but believes their channels of obtaining news has its pros and cons -- especially in an era of fake news.

"If you look at what's happening in regards to social media, we have unparalleled access to information. The problem is, we also have unparalleled unfiltered information," he explained. "So now we're in a space where we have a ton of stuff but we don't know what half of the realities are. Did the president say a thing or did he not say a thing? Is there a fund that controlled by his daughter or is it not controlled by his daughter?"

He added, "People don't have access to filters anymore, which is what the news used to be. You knew that if you watched the news at a certain time or if it was in the newspaper, then you knew it was 100 percent true. And now people don't have that certainty anymore."

You can watch The Daily Show With Trevor Noah weeknights at 11/10c on Comedy Central.

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