Roy Wood Jr. and Desi Lydic on humor, politics and the way forward for ‘The Daily Show’


If Roy Wood Jr. and Desi Lydic know who’s taking on for Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show,” they aren’t sharing.

“Is it you, is it you?” the pair jokingly requested one another when the topic got here up of their interview with CNN.

Whereas they’re effectively conscious that it’s the query of the second, they’re selecting to give attention to the work at hand.

And there’s loads of it. The present lately made a cease in Atlanta, the place the midterms had been on loads of folks’s minds.

For Wood, “The Daily Show” – with its mixture of comedy and present occasions – is a gig that permits him to mix his passions.

“You know, my father was a civil rights journalist and tackled a lot of the same issues, but without punch lines,” he advised CNN. “To be able to have a job I love because it’s my journalism degree and my love for standup rolled into one burrito.”

Each Wood and Lydic are having fun with their time on the present

For Lydic, a spotlight is doing her section “Foxsplains,” which spoofs proper wing media protection.

“We started finding that sometimes we would say something so absurd and then we would hear the same thing reflected back on some right wing media station and we’re like ‘Oh no,’” Lydic stated.

Having the ability to discover humor in troublesome tales – from politics to race and the pandemic – is a part of the magic of “The Daily Show,” Wood stated.

“I think that there’s certain topics where people need time to heal,” he stated. “Trevor’s also had a good finger on the pulse of when it’s time to joke and when it’s time to be poignant.”

Lydic agrees and stated, “It feels like now more than ever, people have the insatiable need to laugh.”

“And I think at the show it feels like, over the past couple of years, we’ve given ourselves permission to not make a joke when it doesn’t feel right to make a joke about something,” she stated. “And Trevor is extremely thoughtful about that and willing to have a conversation about reacting to something that happened without feeling the pressure to have a huge punchline.”

Noah was equally considerate, it appears, about his choice to depart.

“What’s been dope is that Trevor made the announcement and then there was a week of ‘What?!’ and then it was right back to work,” Wood stated. “Cause there’s still a midterm to be had. There’s still an election that’s gonna be coming up. So in the meantime, I’m just gonna focus on trying to make a good show because if we’re not careful, you could lose sight of what you need to be working on every day.”

“The Daily Show” airs at 11 p.m. ET weeknights on Comedy Central.