Late-night host, comedian, author and frequent visitor in my dreams, Trevor Noah, is set to host and executive produce a new documentary series called The Tipping Point, designed to give a “fresh perspective on the influence and legacy of recent events and how they have charted new and unanticipated paths forward.”
Noah will use his incisive and humorous voice to explore important (and often divisive) cultural topics such as the consequences of the 2020 election that resulted in voting rights challenges, LGBTQ+ rights, political polarisation and the global refugee crisis.
And he won’t be doing it alone. The Daily Show host has also enlisted the help of talents such as LeBron James, Angelina Jolie, Kat Graham and Lance Bass to take the lead in each film of the series, which will each be treated as their own stand-alone documentary.
In a press statement, Noah said, “I am excited to be working with TIME Studios, Sugar23 and P&G Studios on this important documentary series during one of the most fascinating and challenging periods in modern history. I hope these documentaries will act as a mirror to our society and showcase our resiliency while providing hope for the path ahead.”
According to producers Ian Orefice, Haroon Saleem and Michael Sugar, “This series of documentaries is serendipitously positioned for this very moment in time.
“Each film in The Tipping Point will dig deep to provide an objective and comprehensive view of what is happening, how we got here, and where it could lead. Our talented storytellers are going to take you there, and we’re thrilled to be along for the ride.”
Noah has hosted The Daily Show since 2015 when he took over from long-time host Jon Stewart. The South African comedian has served as the host of The Grammy Awards in 2021 and has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.
His 2016 memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood details his experiences growing up during apartheid. Trevor’s mother, Patricia, is Black while his father was white, leading to Noah struggling to fit in.
The book tells the story of the comedian growing up in poverty and finding innovative ways to make money, as well as of the domestic violence his mother endured at the hands of his stepfather. A film adaptation of the book is currently in the works with Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o attached to it.