[WATCH] Trevor Noah on ‘The Daily Show’ reaction to Orlando shooting: ‘You need to laugh or you will only cry’

“In terms of comedy, that’s what keeps us sane in the building. We joke at the most awkward moments, it’s a release” explained “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah (watch above) about his response on Monday’s show to Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead. Speaking to Emmy voters at an event in New York City on June 15, he elaborated, “That’s what human beings do. You need to laugh or you will only cry.”

[WATCH] Samantha Bee (‘Full Frontal’): Orlando shooting meant ‘completely shifting the show’

The focus of “The Daily Show” on Monday wasn’t comedy, and understandably so. “There is genuinely nothing funny at that point,” Noah said. “So when we create that show we don’t have the same hustle-and-bustle feel about the day. It is a really measured show, it is a measured day, it’s a little bit slower. We’re not producing a show in the same way. It is us trying to give the most authentic message to our audience because we’re trying to build a family, and many of us feel that with [our audience]. I’m proud that we can put that together and say that is what we as the people of ‘The Daily Show’ believe, as every single voice that is in the building is represented by what we put out.”

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