Get to Know Trevor Noah: The New Daily Show Host Reveals Favorite Kardashian …

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Get to Know Trevor Noah: The New Daily Show Host Reveals Favorite Kardashian, Last Binge-Watch and More.

Tonight’s the night that he takes over The Daily Show, replacing Jon Stewart as our official joke-bringer and guide through the 2016 presidential election. San Francisco 2.0: Nancy Pelosi’s documentary-making daughter explores the effect the technology boom has had on San Francisco, its culture and its long-time residents. 8 p.m., HBO Criminal Minds: In the season premiere, a serial killer is leaving distinctive marks on victim’s faces.Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said‚ “We want Mr Noah to know that the people of South Africa and indeed the entire African continent are proud of his achievement and that they support him fully as he takes the first steps of what we believe will be a rewarding journey. “We are hopeful that many people will look at Mr Noah’s success and take greater interest in the abundance of talent that we have in South Africa in a variety of fields‚ including entertainment‚ sports‚ arts and culture‚ science and technology‚ for example‚” Nkoana-Mashabane said. The 3,100 people at the sold-out Sony Centre were here to see Noah and Noah alone (a fact observed with even-tempered chagrin by opener Pat Thornton) and they were ready to endorse him — maybe even collectively fall into his arms sometimes. He inherited much of his predecessor’s backstage team and some of the show’s correspondents, a sign Comedy Central wants to keep the bones of “The Daily Show” intact as regular viewers get to know a new voice. “I’m having nightmares,” Noah told The Associated Press recently. “It’s terrifying, it really is.

The JFL42 headliner sent them home excited about Jon Stewart’s successor, especially if they want the show to focus on racial matters, as his 80-minute set consistently did. That material started sharply, with a fresh perspective on the recent Ebola scare and the grilling he faced as an African at American Customs, being asked if he’d been “in contact” with the disease, “like Ebola was a distant cousin.” This although his homeland and point of origin, South Africa, had fewer cases than the U.S., so he was “technically increasing my chances” of contracting it by coming. He’s a native South African, and his parents got together at a time when their relationship was illegal because his father is white and his mother is black. Fans who’ve seen the handsome Noah, 31, as a Daily Show correspondent know he’s a gifted vocal mimic whose accent vanished Saturday as he leapt nimbly into middle-American CNN-anchor intonation or the hooting of excited U.S. women (“woo-hoo,” he observed, is “the sound of happiness — white happiness, specifically”).

His parents and his mixed heritage play a big part in his comedy, which deals a lot with race and how Trevor has been perceived since moving to the U.S. Those fans might not know what a physical standup he is, whose portrayal of the horror of a man who dropped his cellphone was drenched with energy, and whose performance of white people’s pantomimed exasperation when a plane’s delayed drew blood with this Caucasian. While his past segments have often involved a lot of teaching Jon Stewart about race and South African culture, Trevor says we shouldn’t expect the new to just be full of lessons.

But mostly it was about what it was like being black in Scotland; being black in Kentucky; being black and dealing with American police; how the news media treat black people; you get the idea. Humanistic treatment of most every character in his dramas — sympathizing with beleaguered Arab air travellers as “black people of the sky” — was a winning trait, though there were several moments that seemed engineered to earn applause breaks, not laughter. (Creating and then mocking a straw man who declared “all terrorists are Muslims” seemed like a waste of time.) There was one genuinely risky moment — Noah put himself in the shoes of the third or fourth Charlie Hebdo cartoonist facing death, and wondered if he shouldn’t have lied his way out of his fate — but nothing that kept him from getting a standing ovation from a theatre stuffed with Daily Show fans.

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