Comic Trevor Noah wins prestigious Dutch Erasmus Prize Lalrp CVQF5FWEB4I63AVHNKDVKXAYPA


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Comedian Trevor Noah, the previous host of “The Day by day Present,” has received the distinguished Dutch Erasmus Prize, turning into the primary humorist awarded the glory since Charlie Chaplin in 1965, the inspiration that selects the winner introduced Thursday.

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

The Praemium Erasmianum Basis stated in an announcement 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 e-book, which is full of humor, social criticism and political satire.”

The muse added: “Along 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 yr he was leaving Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after a seven-year run.

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

“Along with his astute reflections on such points, he garnered a younger, numerous and international viewers and, within the course of, infused a extremely polarized media panorama with a breath of recent air,” the inspiration 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,” in response to the inspiration.

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.