As Trevor Noah’s debut as host of "The Daily Show" approaches, viewers are getting a better idea of how the program will look under the stewardship of the South African comedian.
Under Jon Stewart's tenure, the Comedy Central program became a cultural institution, with Mr. Stewart himself becoming a trusted news voice despite – or because of – the thread of humor running through his commentary as the show poked fun at the news of the day. Stewart's program launched such comedians as Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert of CBS’s “Late Show,” and John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”
Mr. Noah has served as an infrequent correspondent on “The Daily Show,” and will debut as its host on Sept. 28.
What will "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" look like? All of the recent correspondents are reportedly sticking around, and the program has added new ones: Desi Lydic of the MTV show “Awkward,” Roy Wood Jr., and Ronny Chieng. Meanwhile, most of Stewart's writing staff are still there, along with new talent including David Kibuuka, Devin Delliquanti, Alex Marino, and Joseph Opio.
Noah said in a recent interview that the program will certainly have a global view of events.
“We all live in America,” he said. “But as America is increasingly learning, if a butterfly flaps its wings on the Chinese stock exchange, there’s a good chance it affects America. Syria’s crisis has gone from the Syrian crisis to the Greek crisis to the European crisis. And very soon, it may now become an American crisis.”
Noah also shared advice he’d received from Stewart: “He said to me: ‘Make the best show that you feel needs to be made. And trust your discomfort.’ The most amazing thing that Jon did was he didn’t give me a mandate. He didn’t say, ‘You need to make my show.’ He specifically said: ‘Make your show. Make your best version of it.’ I apply those teachings of Jon’s to everything that I’m doing.”
Noah says that when he asked Stewart how he felt about Noah taking the job, Stewart said, “Who do you think suggested you?”
Guests during Noah's first week will include Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe, singer Ryan Adams, and comedian Kevin Hart.