Trevor Noah is taking on a new role in television, and we can't wait. The comedian is moving from in front of the screen to behind the screen for the upcoming Amazon Freevee show, Mock The Week. Let's take a closer look.
Noah, who previously left his position on The Daily Show, is now returning to topical comedy producing the U.S. version of the long-running British series Mock the Week. The South African comedian began hosting the late-night talk show and satirical news program on Comedy Central in 2015 but decided to hang up his hat late last year. The half-hour program pulls together the best features from stand-up sessions, talk shows, and improved games with two teams of comics up against each other in order to satirize current pop culture and news events. The show has run in the U.K. for over 15 years.
Although there is no update on who the host of the comedy series will be, we do know Noah, along with Dan Patterson, who helped create the original series, will be producing the show. "Two things I'm most passionate about in life are paying my landlord and making people laugh. We could all use a little bit more laughter as we continue to navigate today's crazy world," Noah said in a statement. "By bringing Mock the Week to America with the talented Dan Patterson, I'm looking forward to doing just that." Noah's co-producer added, "After 21 successful seasons on the BBC, we can't wait to bring the format to the U.S. and work with America's deep pool of brilliant comedians." The show is expected to start production in 2024.
As TV audiences move away from daily network shows and towards streamers, Amazon's Freevee is attempting to emulate what we know as late-night TV. Head of AVOD Originals, unscripted, and targeted programming at Amazon Studios, Lauren Anderson, believes that Freevee hosting the upcoming comedy series will be able to shine on its own."For years, Mock the Week delivered a witty spin on the news — entertaining a broad cross-section of the UK audience through funny conversations, one-liners, and improv comedy. In one episode, you can catch up on weekly headlines, hear multiple points of view on a topic, and find your next favorite stand-up comedian," she said. So, make sure to stay tuned for more Mock the Week updates as we get them!