Comic Trevor Noah wins prestigious Dutch Erasmus Prize

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Comic Trevor Noah, the previous host of “The Every day Present,” has gained the distinguished Dutch Erasmus Prize, changing into the primary humorist awarded the respect since Charlie Chaplin in 1965, the muse that selects the winner introduced Thursday.

The award is known as for Dutch thinker and humanist scholar Desiderius Erasmus, who lived from 1466 to 1536.

The Praemium Erasmianum Basis stated in a press release that Noah, 39, was receiving the prize “for his impressed contribution to the theme ‘In Reward of Folly,’ named after Erasmus’s most well-known guide, which is crammed with humor, social criticism and political satire.”

Host Trevor Noah arrives on the sixty fifth annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The inspiration added: “Together with his sharp-minded, mocking but inclusive political comedy, Noah, within the eyes of the jury, upholds the ‘Erasmian Spirit.’”

Noah, who rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian in his native South Africa, introduced final 12 months he was leaving Comedy Central’s “The Every day Present” after a seven-year run.

The Dutch basis famous that Noah’s time anchoring the satirical late night time speak present coincided with the presidency of Donald Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter motion.

“Together with his astute reflections on such points, he garnered a younger, numerous and world viewers and, within the course of, infused a extremely polarized media panorama with a breath of contemporary air,” the muse stated.

The award, which carries a money prize of €150,000, is given yearly to “an individual or establishment that has made an distinctive contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the humanities, in Europe and past,” based on the muse.

Earlier winners embody dissident playwright and former president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, former United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, the British artist Grayson Perry and on-line dictionary Wikipedia.

A ceremony to current Noah with the award is scheduled for the autumn.

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