Chicago co­me­dian schools Noah in his ‘Daily Show’ de­but

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY DAREL JEVENS, STAFF RE­PORTER djevens@sun­ | @dj­jevens

A new “Daily Show” con­trib­u­tor from Chicago made his de­but on the series Thurs­day, en­light­en­ing host Trevor Noah about the hope­less­ness of try­ing to get young peo­ple to vote.

Jaboukie Young-White, a Mar­ion Catholic High grad and DePaul dropout, was smooth and self-as­sured in his first ap­pear­ance as “se­nior youth cor­re­spon­dent.” At 24, he felt brash enough to swear freely and get in some digs at Noah, 10 years his se­nior.

“You are as funny as my mom said,” he teased.

Young-White’s ar­gu­ment was that vot­ing is de­signed for the old — start­ing with the pa­per bal­lot. “Pa­per is over,” he said. “I don’t even wipe my a-- with pa­per. I use a bidet app.”

He pro­posed bal­lots be home-de­liv­ered via Post­mates, along with a sea­weed salad, and that Elec­tion Day be a na­tional hol­i­day — “like Pres­i­dents Day. Or Toy­otathon.”

De­spite his youth, Young-White comes to the Com­edy Cen­tral series with a crowded re­sume. As a stand-up comic, he per­formed first at Chicago clubs be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to New York and since has ap­peared twice on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fal­lon.”

“Chicago is a lib­eral city but it’s still in the mid­dle of Amer­ica, so it gave me a good solid un­der­stand­ing of how to adapt to cer­tain rooms and dif­fer­ent Mid­west­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties,” he told Vul­ture last year. “But it’s just not as di­verse of a scene as New York. It’s chang­ing, but it’s still straight white dude-cen­tric. And that’s dope, too! I love hear­ing about your girl­friend and how her pe­riod is so weird! But my com­edy just doesn’t con­nect to that. Liv­ing and per­form­ing in New York has al­lowed me to try my weirder and more ex­per­i­men­tal things.”

He’s a pop­u­lar joketeller on Twit­ter with more than 200,000 fol­low­ers at @jaboukie and has worked on two Net­flix series, as a writer for “Amer­i­can Van­dal” and a story ed­i­tor for “Big Mouth.”

He’s part of a long his­tory of lo­cal tal­ents on “The Daily Show,” which gave big breaks to the Chicago-trained Steve Carell, Stephen Col­bert, Nancy Walls, Matt Walsh, Dan Bakkedahl and Jor­dan Klep­per.


Jaboukie Young-White makes his de­but as a ‘‘Daily Show’’ cor­re­spon­dent on Thurs­day.

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