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Noah takes centre stage at comedy festival in Joburg

The comedian is headlining Comedy Central Africa's first International Comedy Festival.

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Comedy Central Africa has kicked off its first International Comedy Festival at the Silverstar Casino on the West Rand with Trevor Noah in the spotlight.

_ The Daily Show_ host received a warm welcome with a sold out audience at his NationWild show last night.

He is one of 60 other talents who will headline events over the next week.

WATCH: Trevor Noah leaves SA fans in stitches:

Despite venturing to the US, Noah says he's particularly excited about the business of comedy in Africa.

"Coming from a third world country and continent, it means there is only room for growth so comedians are going to come up while entertainment, music and movies will keep growing. There will be a point where Africa will command as much power in the world as every continent does when it comes to entertainment so it's going to be really exciting."

Noah says the past few months spent hosting The Daily Show have been a learning curve.

He has been heavily criticised since his debut in the US and has reportedly lost at least 37 percent of his American viewers over the past month alone.

The comic however says he has adjusted well to his new job and that he has learned to develop a thick skin while doing it.

"The higher you go or the more you work, you will reach levels where there will be people who don't want you to be as successful as you are, but you still have to acknowledge some people are giving you valuable critique or advise, so your thick skin has to be thick enough to protect you but not thin enough that it's not skin anymore, its still got to work right."

Noah will end his four day tour at the festival on Saturday 4 December.