Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trevor Noah Says He's 'Completely in Love' with Justin Trudeau

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trevor Noah Says He's 'Completely in Love' with Justin Trudeau

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Trevor Noah says he's 'in love' with PM Trudeau


NEW YORK, N.Y. - He spends his days lampooning Donald Trump and the other U.S. presidential candidates. So what does "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah think of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

"You mean other than being completely in love with him?"

Noah is speaking to a group of international reporters gathered on the set of his series, seen Monday to Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network and repeated at midnight on CTV.

"I try to find his flaws daily," says the 32-year-old South African. "And then I see him doing a perfect peacock yoga pose on a table, and the next day speaking about quantum physics."

Adds Noah: "No person is supposed to be that cool and handsome. He's a boxer as well. He's just ridiculous!"

"The Daily Show" is so enamoured with Trudeau they sent comedy correspondent Hasan Minhaj to Ottawa for an interview inside Parliament's historic library. (Look for the report in about a week).

"He can do bits, man," says Minhaj, who was as impressed with Trudeau's comedy chops as he is with his embrace of Syrian refugees.

"He was at the airport greeting them," says Minhaj, amazed that "a country one-tenth the size of the U.S. is taking in ten times the amount of refugees."

Noah is an even bigger fan of the prime minister and says Trudeau has made it harder for the American presidential hopefuls.

"It's like living next door to somebody who is married to the perfect spouse and then you look at the person you're with every day and you go, 'How the hell did this happen?'"

Nine months into the job, Noah is dealing with his own comparisons. The main one, of course, is with his wildly admired "Daily Show" predecessor Jon Stewart. Yes, ratings have dipped since Stewart's star-studded exit, Noah concedes.

"It makes sense," he argues. "If my ratings weren't down, I'd be offended on behalf of Jon Stewart, because it would make sense that people are going to see out the king."

Sitting before the press, flanked by producers and castmates, Noah makes it clear that he is in this game of late night thrones for the long haul. TV ratings as a whole in North America are down this season, he notes. …

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