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(37,243 posts)
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:46 AM Mar 2015

Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

Source: The New York Times

In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.

“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. “It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home.”

Now, after only three appearances on that Comedy Central show, Mr. Noah has gotten a huge and unexpected promotion. On Monday, Comedy Central will announce that Mr. Noah has been chosen as the new host of “The Daily Show,” succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this year.

The network’s selection of Mr. Noah comes less than two months after Mr. Stewart, 52, revealed on Feb. 10 that he was leaving “The Daily Show” after a highly successful 16-year run that transformed the show into authoritative, satirical comedy on current events. (An exact timetable for Mr. Stewart’s departure has not been decided, Comedy Central said.)

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/television/trevor-noah-to-succeed-jon-stewart-on-the-daily-show.html?src=twr&_r=1
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Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ (Original Post) demmiblue Mar 2015 OP
That makes no sense whatsoever tkmorris Mar 2015 #1
Eh. We don't know what he's like off-screen. randome Mar 2015 #3
Excellent. n/t Jefferson23 Mar 2015 #2
Stewarts shoes will be tough to fill for anyone. liberal N proud Mar 2015 #4
yep. he has a rare ability to see and voice the absurd. cali Mar 2015 #6
I disagree... Blanks Mar 2015 #12
The good writers are leaving Jim Beard Mar 2015 #25
Not sure how that's going to work Renew Deal Mar 2015 #5
I think sometimes the worst choice gollygee Mar 2015 #10
That's a good point Renew Deal Mar 2015 #11
Yes, great point! MatthewStLouis Mar 2015 #22
He's very funny and, just like Jon Stewart, right on the money with what he says gollygee Mar 2015 #7
There's a logic to going outside the big names el_bryanto Mar 2015 #8
Yes MatthewStLouis Mar 2015 #20
He's the Deborah Norville of The Daily Show, perhaps. aikoaiko Mar 2015 #28
Who? Adrahil Mar 2015 #9
He's nowhere near 'unproven' Action_Patrol Mar 2015 #13
I hope you're right! :) Good Luck to him! n/t Adrahil Mar 2015 #17
Wow, good for him War Horse Mar 2015 #14
I can just hear the rejoicing taking place at Faux News. eom eissa Mar 2015 #15
I don't know who he is... joeybee12 Mar 2015 #16
His standup is excellent and insightful and there is a bunch of it on Youtube... SomethingFishy Mar 2015 #21
Three times on The Daily Show... joeybee12 Mar 2015 #24
Nice. I love this dude. nt Guy Whitey Corngood Mar 2015 #18
He's funny and likable. Hope he does well! MatthewStLouis Mar 2015 #19
He seems like a decent choice but I was *really* hoping for a lady to take it. PeaceNikki Mar 2015 #23
The start is getting a little rocky Jim Beard Mar 2015 #26
That train is never late! arcane1 Mar 2015 #27


(34,845 posts)
3. Eh. We don't know what he's like off-screen.
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:53 AM
Mar 2015

He seems very intelligent and quick-witted and that probably showed through to the producers more than it does to viewers of his short clips on TDS.
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(4,835 posts)
12. I disagree...
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 11:05 AM
Mar 2015

He's good to be certain, but when John Oliver stepped in - there wasn't a decrease in quality. I think the show has good writers and a good format. It might slip over time without him, but if they stay with the team that they've got and the format doesn't change it will still be excellent.

Renew Deal

(82,177 posts)
5. Not sure how that's going to work
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:57 AM
Mar 2015

Unless the show is going to be very different. One of the things that made the show great was Stewarts NJ upbringing. Then again, Oliver did well when he was in the chair.

Maybe Noah and Willmore will turn into titans of late night, but I'm not seeing it.


(22,336 posts)
10. I think sometimes the worst choice
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:02 AM
Mar 2015

is to try to get someone just like the person they're replacing. There's too much comparison, and people don't always fare well when compared like that. I like the idea of doing something fresh and new and getting someone with a new point of view.

Renew Deal

(82,177 posts)
11. That's a good point
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:13 AM
Mar 2015

It would have been tough for anyone to succeed Stewart and Colbert, kind of like David Lee Roth and Adam Corolla replacing Howard Stern. They never had a chance.


(22,336 posts)
7. He's very funny and, just like Jon Stewart, right on the money with what he says
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:59 AM
Mar 2015

I love political humor.


(11,804 posts)
8. There's a logic to going outside the big names
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:59 AM
Mar 2015

Anybody in that position will have some difficulties I assume; bringing in someone brand new that they believe in has a couple of benefits. If he fails it's not going to be a Chevy Chase level of failure; it'll be more like "He was funny, but he wasn't ready for it." They can build on that. They can then bring someone new in without the direct comparison to Stewart.



(909 posts)
20. Yes
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:33 PM
Mar 2015

And since he's from the outside world (South Africa), he has a fresh perspective as well. Kind of a John Oliver sort of thing.



(13,340 posts)
9. Who?
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:02 AM
Mar 2015

Hmmm... wonder what's happening at Comedy Central. I like Larry Wilmore, but his show is coming up WAY short compared to the Colbert Report (almost any show would, I guess). But giving Jon Stewart's seat to this this basically unproven guy? WTF? I'll give the show a chance, of course. After all, I had never heard of Jon Stewart before The Daily SHow. But then, I had never heard of The Daily Show, either


(845 posts)
13. He's nowhere near 'unproven'
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 11:42 AM
Mar 2015

There's even a documentary on him available via Netflix. He just wasn't on your radar.

The show is in good hands.


(56,177 posts)
16. I don't know who he is...
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 12:46 PM
Mar 2015

I don't catch The Daily Show all the time, and with only 3 appearances, not to hard to see how I could have missed him. Oh well, he's making more money now, so good for him.


(4,876 posts)
21. His standup is excellent and insightful and there is a bunch of it on Youtube...
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:34 PM
Mar 2015

I for one am glad they chose him. I also didn't know he was on TDS, but I have seen his standup a few times...



(56,177 posts)
24. Three times on The Daily Show...
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 05:16 PM
Mar 2015

So they really went with someone you couldn't say was connected with the show...


(909 posts)
19. He's funny and likable. Hope he does well!
Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:31 PM
Mar 2015

I saw some clips from his stand-up days on Slate. Very funny guy.

My first reaction was a knee jerk, "No way this relatively unknown dude can replace Jon Stewart!" But after watching his stuff, I have changed my mind. If his stand-up can translate to the Daily Show desk; he has a good chance.


Jim Beard

(2,535 posts)
26. The start is getting a little rocky
Tue Mar 31, 2015, 01:34 PM
Mar 2015

Questionable tweets by new ‘Daily Show’ host Noah draw fire

"""""By Tuesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny. Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and two million Twitter followers.

“U should cease sexist & anti semitic ‘humor’ about jewish women & Israel,” she tweeted late Monday.

Noah’s controversial tweets were posted between 2009 and 2014.

In 2009 he wrote, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!”

A 2012 post derides “jewish chicks.” Another one from 2011 jokes about “a hot white woman.”

In a post from 2011, he writes, “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!” He attributes the joke to “fat chicks everywhere.”

When a fan tweeted him last fall with a request to come to Texas, Noah replied, “But you’ve already got Ebola?”""""""

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