Step aside Salvado Idringi and Anne Kansiime as Uganda has received another icon in the comedy industry. He will not be cracking ribs on stage, he will not appear in any comedy outfit and neither will he be acting in these local dramas. Joseph Opio will be presenting one of the most watched shows in America starting on the 28th of next month.
Joseph Opio previously had a show called LOL Uganda on Urban TV and was selected to be the co-host of the Daily show, which is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. It airs every Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central and in Canada through The Comedy Network.
The show is more strongly focused on politics and the national media, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn’s tenure and it is currently the second-longest-running program on Comedy Central, after South Park, and has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards.
On February 10, 2015, John Stewart, who was the main presenter of the show ever since it was initiated back then in 1999 announced that he would leave the show and his final broadcast aired on August 6, 2015, which was also the last edition before the show went on summer break.
Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who joined The Daily Show as a freshman contributor in December 2014, was named Stewart’s successor, and will begin his tenure on September 28, 2015 with Ugandan Joseph Opio as the co-presenter.
The Ugandan got the slot through Trevor because of their resilient friendship they have over the years.
Joseph Opio is a Ugandan stand-up comedian and television show host, whose razor-sharp wit, original material and impeccable delivery has already earned him an impressive reputation back at home and on the South African comedy scene. A trained lawyer and qualified accountant, Opio is one of those rare comedic talents that are comfortably at home both on stage and on the screen.