Trevor Noah Plagued By Anxiety Dreams Prior to 'Daily Show' Debut

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"I was debating mass incarceration," the comic laughingly tells THR, adding, "but for the most part I'm enjoying the experience."

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

In the weeks leading to Trevor Noah's Sept. 28 debut on The Daily Show, the comedian didn't suffer sleepless nights. Instead, the South African tells THR he had been plagued by weird dreams.

"What I dream about changes from night to night, and the most recent one was about mass incarceration. I was debating mass incarceration," he laughs before noting that taking over for Jon Stewart has resulted in "good stress." The 31-year- old comic adds: "I take my job very seriously, whether it's stand-up comedy or preparing for a TV show. Some days are all fun and some are all work, but for the most part I'm enjoying the experience."

Audiences seemed to enjoy Noah's first outing on Monday night. THR reported that ratings for his Daily Show got off to a "reasonably strong" start, kicking off with 1.1 million viewers. Read THR critic Daniel Fienberg's review here