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'LOL Uganda' host and new 'Daily Show' staff writer Joseph Opio

Meet The Ugandan Comic Behind Trevor Noah’s 'Daily Show' Success

We spoke with Ugandan comic and 'Daily Show' writer Joseph Opio about his new gig writing jokes for Trevor Noah.

“Blackness has tremendously increased at the show," Trevor Noah promised shortly before his tenure on The Daily Show began in September. The “epidemic of blackness," as Noah called it, refers to a wave of new hires, including the show's new supervising producer, Baratunde Thurston, and two Ugandan-born staff writers.

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One is the comedian David Kibuuka, previously based in South Africa. The other is Joseph Opio, a Kampala-born comic who rose to notoriety as the host of the political satire talk show LOLUganda, or as Opio refers to it, The Daily Show's “shameless and poorer Third World cousin."

Below, we speak with Opio about his new gig writing jokes for Trevor Noah.

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