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"Daily Show" co-creator sounds off on Trevor Noah: "When you tweet it, make sure you can back it up"

Addressing Trevor Noah's Twitter-history controversy, Lizz Winstead offered some sage advice to the young comic


Colin Gorenstein
April 1, 2015 12:00AM (UTC)

While the Internet was at war over Trevor Noah’s poorly written tweet-jokes with, arguably, anti-Semitic and sexist content, "The Daily Show's" co-creator Lizz Winstead quietly took the MSNBC stage to address the unfolding controversy.

When asked what she thought about Noah's tweets, she responded neutrally: “This is an era of comedy now where whatever you say matters and Twitter is for the record. And he’s going to get a little bit of a taste of what it’s going to feel like to be in the public spotlight every single day.”

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Winstead went on to offer some advice to Noah that she thought could be of use to anyone working in comedy: “When you tweet it, when you say it, make sure you can back it up.”

All things considered, Winstead's hopes remain high for the multilingual South-African comic's "Daily Show" tenure. When asked what her "gut-reaction" was to learning of Comedy Central's appointment, she voiced relief that the individual succeeding Jon Stewart would be a person of color. “Thank God it’s not a white guy,” she said, reliving those early moments.

"Jon Stewart, for years, brought the perspective of 'Guys, what's going on in our country?'and I think it's kind of interesting to have an international take of 'Guys, what's going on in your country?'"

Watch the full appearance below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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