Trevor Noah honoured in Netherlands Trevor Noah

Comedian Trevor Noah has been awarded the 2023 Erasmus Prize. 

Noah collected the prize, worth a whooping R3m in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last Wednesday evening. 

The Erasmus Prize is awarded by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, in an annual ceremony, to a person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts in Europe and beyond.

In his acceptance speech, the former Daily Show host said it was unbelievable how being a comedian has changed his life. 

“It is truly an honour to be standing here as a recipient of this prestigious accolade. And to be honest, it’s really a little unbelievable. Mostly because I never thought there was anything that could bring me to Amsterdam in the winter. 

“Thank you for the warm welcome Netherlands! It was truly an honour to be awarded the 2023 Erasmus Prize!! Special thanks to the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander and The Royal Family Humberto Tan, for the delightful conversation and lastly, everyone that attended last night in Amsterdam,” he posted. 

Noah is the first South African and comedian to win the prestigious honour.

The foundation in a statement said Noah was awarded because of his inspired contribution to the theme “In Praise of Folly”, named after Erasmus’ most famous book “which is filled with humour, social criticism and political satire”. 

“With his sharp-minded, mocking yet inclusive political comedy, Noah, in the eyes of the jury, upholds the “Erasmian Spirit,” read the statement. — sowetan

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