- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah shared his experience of spending his first stint in a U.S. hospital after an emergency appendectomy forced him to skip Wednesday’s episode.

The South African comedian returned to the Comedy Central series Thursday night, where he joked that there is no better way to learn about his new home country than “by enjoying America’s health care system,” The Hollywood Reporter reported.

He said that while the surgeons who treated him were “fantastic,” his experience inside the waiting room was not.

“I don’t know if ‘emergency room’ is the right term because they make you wait,” Mr. Noah, 31, said. “I feel like there should be two rooms — a room for people with emergencies and a room for people who can fill out forms.”

The comedian said he was repeatedly told to fill out more paperwork, despite being in excruciating pain.

“I’m like, ‘What more information do you need, other than the fact that I’m dying?’ ” he recalled.

Mr. Noah said he started to pass out, but was told he couldn’t do so in the waiting room. “[The nurse was] like, ‘Sir, you can’t faint here, sir. You need to go to triage.’ [I’m like,] ‘Are you telling me where I can and cannot faint?’ “

“It’s a crazy experience,” he added.

Mr. Noah said the nurse asked how he planned to pay for his treatment before recognizing who he was.

“She goes, ‘You know, I’ve seen the billboards — you’re fine. You can pay for this,’” he recalled.

Mr. Noah thanked fans for their support and explained that it was his decision, not Comedy Central’s, to return to work the next day.

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