In the extended 13-minute interview, Trevor Noah spoke to Jimmy Fallon about preferring to “go when it’s still good, when you still like it, when you still have the energy, go when you still have the energy.” to enjoy it,” rather than waiting for People to respond to his departure with a dejected ho-hum. They also went into more detail about his post-show plans, and when asked what he meant by “everything, everything, everything,” Noah revealed that he divided his time between returning to the standup comedy scene and Wanted to produce more compelling news content.
Prior to The Daily Show, Noah’s comedy career in his native South Africa included a stint as the host of his own late-night show, Tonight with Trevor Noah, as well as 11 comedy specials that sold out tickets at various venues on five different continents (via Comedy Central). He told Fallon how excited he was to be touring the comedy scene internationally again, with a particular focus on reviving his polyglot skills. In a recent radio interview on The Bobby Bones Show, he lamented that he only speaks four or five languages now as he can’t travel and practice with locals.
He also wants to put on his producer’s hat more often. Noah’s appearance on Fallon included promoting an upcoming MSNBC documentary called The Turning Point, which his production studio Day Zero helped put together (via Deadline). Overall, he expressed a wish to “read news reports with a longer lead time, with a little more patience, [and] with a little more time to build a little more context.” In a world where knee-jerk clickbait headlines are the prevailing norm, his future work should offer audiences a refreshing change of pace.