Trevor Noah's face is on posters in every subway station now, courtesy of his having snagged one of the best jobs in TV: replacing Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. But it wasn't long ago that he was a stand-up comic trying to make a name for himself.
He told consummate NYC comedian Jerry Seinfeld on about a routine of waking up around 6pm for a night full of stand-up sets lasting until around 3am—something really only possible in a place with the City's incredible density of (Noah's explanation starts around the 8:30 mark). He seems to have a particular affection for the .
Noah has clearly made the most of the City's potential, and we were curious what advice he'd give to tourists hoping to do the same. He was kind enough to share some ideas. Here are the five big things we learned from our email exchange:
3. He likes talking to strangers.
“If you're riding in a taxi, make sure you ask the driver what he thinks about the government of his country. Then sit back and enjoy the ride.”
4. He embraces the City's many moods.
Some of his recommended NYC times and places: “Sunset on the Hudson. Four in the morning in , when it's beautiful and quiet. in the afternoon, and the great performers on the subway—they make it an experience.”
5. He's planned an itinerary for you.
For those who can't decide how to spend a day in New York City, Noah has plotted out every step:
Morning: First, go grab breakfast at any amazing diner or restaurant in the City—be adventurous.
Midday: Take a walk around Central Park, and then .
Lunch: Find a food truck on Broadway or Fifth Avenue and go wild. Then go to and the and people-watch.
Early evening: Ride a bicycle up the , and stop to admire the sunset.
Dinner: Pick a random to enjoy.
Late night: Walk down Amsterdam Avenue to take in the calm buzz of its restaurants.
Midnight: Go to a , buy a round for strangers.
2am: Go to a nightclub in .
4am: Go get .