Trevor Noah, the acclaimed successor of Jon Stewart on US institution The Daily Show, hosted an intimate gig at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, this week, where he declared UAE airports “the best in the world – even the elevators don’t have buttons, which eliminates the stress of having to press anything”.
Noah had been flown in by OSN to live-launch the world-famous Comedy Central, an American cable channel that features the likes of Inside Amy Schumer, South Park, Lip Sync Battle, Broad City and the Comedy Central Roast, which has been a cornerstone of global comedy since Viacom launched it in 1991. You can now find it on OSN’s channel 207.
“I will be exploring my Arabic,” Noah quipped to press conference MC – and fellow comedian – Fahad Albutairi.
“I believe I will be very good, and then you will no longer have a job. That’s really what the plan is here, for me to take over from the Arabic-speaking comedians, and try to just put it all into one comedian. It will be cheaper for the network and appeal
He was joking, of course. In fact, continuing the commitment to Middle Eastern comedy it showed by launching the Arabic version of Saturday Night Live in January, OSN declared that bringing Comedy Central to the UAE was as much about delivering big US names to the region as it was providing a platform for local comedians to showcase their talents.
All shows broadcast on the channel will also be available on the catch-up service, OSN Play and via OSN on Demand.