After being announced as Jon Stewart’s successor in March, Trevor Noah began his tenure at the helm of The Daily Show on Monday night.
Noah opened the show behind a new desk and set and started the jokes straight away.
“First of all, this is surreal for me, I'm not going to lie," he said. "Growing up in the dusty streets of South Africa, I never dreamed that I would one day have, well, two things really: an indoor toilet, and a job as host of The Daily Show. Now I have both and I am quite comfortable with one of them."
Noah seemed nervous at first but then managed to find his groove through his comedy.
The comic thanked his predecessor by calling him “our voice, our refuge, and in many ways our political dad.” As the crowd cheered, he added: “Now, our dad has left. Now, it feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he is black.”
Stewart spent 16 years at the desk of The Daily Show. Now that the torch has passed to Noah, the show's format is largely unchanged. There was the same theme song, opening monologue and commentary on the news.
“Now, seeing this is my first show, I wanted to start off with something a little light today. Syria,” the host gagged.
As he commented on the Pope and managed to parallel his new job to who will replace Jon Boehner when the House Speaker leaves next month, Noah began to make the show his own.
Noah even made his first show a high profile affair by having mega comic Kevin Hart as his guest.
The Daily Beast meanwhile wrote: “It will take more than Monday night's debut before the South African comedian proves himself a plausible successor to the formidable Stewart.”
And the New York Post says: “He projects a genial, almost mild camera presence but lacks anything resembling the kind of edge that made Jon Stewart a name to be reckoned with. He has a hard road ahead of him.”
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