10 Questions That Trevor Noah Should Ask His First Guest, Kevin Hart

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‘The Daily Show’: What can we expect from Trevor Noah’s debut?.

Trevor Noah is poised to take The Daily Show throne next week and the South African comedian says his biracial and cultural background will impact and inform his perspective as host. “It just gives me a different perspective. Trevor Noah’s first guest on his “Daily Show” will be comedian Kevin Hart, to be followed the next night by New Jersey Governor and current GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie.The post-Jon Stewart version of “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah will start off with an eclectic mix of guests, Comedy Central revealed Wednesday.

I feel everyone has their perspective because of where they’ve come from,” Noah told NBCBLK. “I’ve never been ashamed to say, nor do I shy away from that fact that I am black. Over 16 years, and 21 Emmy awards, former host Jon Stewart transformed the program: no longer seen as “just” humor, it’s now among young viewers’ primary news sources, for better or worse, and a “cultural institution,” as Molly Driscoll wrote in The Christian Science Monitor.

Other guests for Noah’s inaugural week will be Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe and musician Ryan Adams, who on Tuesday released his song-for-song remake of Taylor Swift’s “1989.” These selections conform with what Noah said earlier this month about changes to the show, that “I think of it as evolution as opposed to revolution.” 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.

But it’s strange when you live in a world where people go ‘OK but biracial—then which piece of this, which piece of that?'” Noah grew up under Apartheid in South Africa to a white Swiss father and a black South African mother. GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie will join Noah on Wednesday while Ryan Adams — performing a song from his Taylor Swift cover album — will end the week on Thursday. “The first episode will be a reintroduction of the show,” Noah told Rolling Stone. “But you can’t just go off one episode like, ‘Oh I know what this is about, I know what this is.’ It takes a lot more time.

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. In an interview published this week with The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff, Noah says his employees went through all potential correspondents’ posts on a hunt for anything potentially troublesome, i.e. offensive. Meanwhile, most of Stewart’s writing staff are still there, along with new talent including David Kibuuka, Devin Delliquanti, Alex Marino, and Joseph Opio. “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. Diversity in television has been a major topic as a recent Vanity Fair cover came under fire for illustrating the late-night landscape as all-male and majority white, with the exception of Larry Wilmore and Noah. Comedy Central did not give specifics on the make up of the staff but Noah said that he took the process of identifying a qualified and diverse staff very seriously.

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. Soon after the announcement of his new gig, Noah came under heavy scrutiny for offensive tweets about Jews and women. “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” he responded in the wake of the controversy. Even amidst the backlash, Stewart defended Noah and gave him his full public support. “My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and smart individual,” he said. “I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it. I’m excited for where he’s going to take this thing.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Noah should be allowed to “earn your trust and respect, or not,” Stewart urged, “just as I earned your trust and respect, or did not.” Amid the “kertuffle,” as Stewart called it, Noah protested that people should pay attention to who he had become, not 140 characters he’d typed years ago. For activists and reporters who rely on the freedom of information, the Internet’s disinclination to help hide any embarrassing personal tidbits, or full-blown scandals, is a blessing. But for privacy advocates, or all those who feel misrepresented or humiliated when they Google their names, it can be a curse, no matter how much “progress,” as Noah calls it, they’ve made since. Thanks to a European court case, “A huge and unwieldy eraser is coming for Google results across the globe,” warns New York Times writer Farhad Majoo.

The law doesn’t erase websites, merely the link appearing when a name is searched on a country-specific European Google site, like Google.fr or Google.co.uk. But that wasn’t enough to appease the Court of Justice, which wants the search engine to also honor the removals on the worldwide Google.com page – a move Google is protesting.

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