September jobs, Congress’ deadline, and Trevor Noah — 5 things to know this week

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Last week, just days before he takes over the The Daily Show anchor chair from Jon Stewart, TV’s toughest act to follow, Noah acknowledged “it isn’t easy to reboot and recreate a new show from an old show in just five weeks.” Which he has been obliged to do, stepping in as host at 11 p.m. today on Comedy Central little more than a month after Stewart ended 16 years as the nation’s court jester who molded The Daily Show in his own savvy image.Speaking to audience members at “The Daily Show” on Thursday evening, Trevor Noah explained that, though the program they were about to see would not be broadcast, it was still crucially important. “Welcome to ‘The Daily Test Show,’ ” he said excitedly. “This is where we’re testing if this ‘Daily Show’ thing is a good idea or not. Noah, of course, is the 31-year-old South African comedian who until his ascension few had heard of, apart from a worldwide fan base including 2.6 million Twitter followers who flocked to his shows from Sydney to Dubai … and also, notably, Jon Stewart, who admired his work and reached out several years ago for a meet-and-greet. Noah will fill Jon Stewart’s position as the third host of the show.(Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY) “I love a piece of what everyone does,” he says when asked about his late-night influences. “I love the playful nature of John Oliver, I love the joy of Jimmy Fallon, I enjoy the laid-back nature, ironically, of Jon Stewart,” whom he replaces Monday as Comedy Central’s Daily Show host (11 p.m.

What hasn’t changed is a viewing audience that craves a funny voice at the end of the day to skewer the insanity of politics and culture and the news media. GOP (Republican) presidential candidate Chris Christie will join Noah on Wednesday while 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… so what we’re doing is dividing the first week into a four-part miniseries that will set the tone for what we hope the show will be,” said Noah. Stewart’s reply, according to Noah: “Who do you think suggested you?” Defying social-media admonishments, Noah argues that a smattering of dumb tweeted jokes, like anything unearthed from a person’s digital past, serves usefully as evidence of what that person may have been and, more importantly, has moved beyond. He made his US television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show.

I remember for a brief period we had Sinbad.” Sure, he’s a stand-up comedian like some of his counterparts, but at 31 he’s both younger and considerably farther from the typical late-night mold. “I come from a very poor background of extreme poverty; I lived in a home of domestic abuse,” he says of his upbringing in Soweto, South Africa, during apartheid, the son of a black mother and white father, a Swiss national. “The world you come from, or the things you experience, always help you to relate to the experiences of others,” he says, just as Colbert’s touching interview with Vice President Biden this month, about his late son Beau, was informed by the deaths of Colbert’s father and two brothers in a 1974 plane crash. “You could not have had that had the two of them not shared loss,” Noah says, which “gives you the ability to ask and talk to people about things the way you would like to be asked and talked to.” Though he’s largely unknown in this country, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless says Noah is a fitting replacement for the news satire. He was endorsed by Stewart, and rose to the top based on his qualifications for the job description: A funny, smart workaholic with a broad range of interests. “It’s the hardest job on TV, and that list gets very small, very quickly,” Ganeless says. “And the more time we spent with him in the process, the more it became clear he had a unique eye into the world” as a Millennial who can connect with the network’s audience. He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others. He saw himself as a perpetual outsider, but he found a certain freedom in comedy, which he pursued, he said, not to vent, “but because I made people laugh.” From the beginning, he joked about things that were on his mind, but even when they touched on painful social issues he was never fueled by anger, he insisted. Though politics remains “one of the core elements of the show,” Noah says, “we’re trying to find a way to comedically disseminate that information to people, because policy is horribly boring.

Not since Conan O’Brien was named host of NBC’s “Late Night” in 1993 has such a virtual unknown been picked to headline a late-night series. (Mr. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold-out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. While he plans some format tweaks, the biggest change will come in “the way we look at stories, or even how I present the stories to the audience.” That prism will reflect the hosts’ vastly different backgrounds: Noah grew up as a poor, mixed-race kid during apartheid, when his parents’ marriage was illegal, and he had no real connection to American politics. Although Comedy Central executives appreciate the global perspective he will bring, they are even more intrigued that he’s about the same age as their target viewers. “He’s a millennial. . . . Calls to vote for four remarkable South Africans who had achieved global recognition in their chosen field went out on social media platform Twitter on Monday, September 21 and ran until midnight on September 23.

I’m very cognizant of people who may watch the show and go, ‘Hey, I’m not a political guy.’ Don’t watch the show because you’re into politics, watch the show because you’re into laughing.” Noah plans to usher Daily firmly into the social-media age. Noah: He’s a biracial 31-year-old comic from South Africa who speaks seven languages and began as a “Daily Show” contributing correspondent last year.

But in tune with the National Braai Day initiative, it is run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the National Heritage Day public holiday as South Africa’s national day of celebration. But the program’s success or failure rests largely on the comedic chops of a performer who, despite his international reputation, is still learning how to fine-tune his act for an American audience.

But a new team will produce original material for various platforms all week long. “For Jon, it wasn’t his world, and understandably so, (but) it’s very much a part of our lives. Unlike Stewart, who was easily riled up by hyperactive cable-news outlets, Noah will start out focusing more on people making news than those delivering it. “I’m less likely to skewer CNN or Fox and more to skewer (Kentucky court clerk) Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee,” he says. I see a lot of hope. “It’s often difficult to see progress when you look at it one day at a time,” he mused. “Like with a workout regime: Take a picture today, then take another picture not tomorrow or the next day, but after six or eight weeks.

That will show you how far you’ve come.” Maybe that’s Noah’s way of saying that to size him up as host after his first night, or his first week, can’t address how far he plans to go. Noah explained at Thursday’s show, his goal is to optimize his jokes so that “no matter where you are, they cross borders, like Syrian refugees — and then get them accepted in more places than Syrian refugees.” And on opening night, he will be playing not just to the modest capacity of this Midtown Manhattan studio, but also to millions of people measuring him against Mr. He’ll also make more frequent use of the show’s diverse team of fake-news correspondents, bolstered by three newcomers,. “We have this ensemble of different voices that, in my mind, represents America in different ways, which is a new thing to play with,” and as peers — he served briefly as one of them — “it’s not my job to say everything, which is really cool.” But he’s taking a measured approach. “I wouldn’t want to rush in and dismantle and destroy the show just because people are going, ‘You’d better make it different!’ Let’s start with what works and let’s evolve over time. You may have gotten a glimpse of his personality if you have seen him perform live, or via YouTube, or when he appeared on Colbert’s show last week to joke about everything from the GOP debate to having Stewart as a predecessor. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

People can give you their opinions on politics and government and what’s happening in the world, but it also means people can tell you you look ugly in your Instagram picture.” But “for every crazy person on the corner shouting and screaming, there’s 100 people walking by with headphones on going, ‘This is none of my business.’ You have to look at the bigger picture. Sometimes it’s just noise.” He has little time for a personal life —“Right now, I’m dating my work; I don’t think I’d be a good boyfriend” — and says preparing for a job he couldn’t have dreamed of is “a petrifying experience. Although details about the first night’s show are locked down, Ganeless says that it’s still the same format: monologues, correspondent segments, interviews. People go, ‘Oh, you don’t seem nervous at all.’ I go, ‘No, no, do not get it twisted; I am nervous.’ But it’s the same way I get nervous every time before I get on stage; you never lose that. Noah said. “Jon believes in me. … So there’s an immense pressure for me personally to live up to that legacy, to keep the flagship going.” Comic Kevin Hart will be Mr.

Ganeless has high hopes. “The more time you spend with Trevor, the more exceptional you find he is — he really is so thoughtful about every part of the show . . . in how he is going to approach the correspondents, how he’s approaching the interviews, how he’s approaching the multiplatform aspect,” she said, adding, “He’s much less of an outsider than I think people think he’s going to be.” The new host kept mostly quiet while his colleagues riffed on video footage of Pope Francis stopping his motorcade to greet a child who had broken through a security barricade, and of Donald J.

He wanted to reshape a segment in which he and the correspondent Jordan Klepper discussed the pope’s travels in America, to emphasize that this news was overshadowing the also momentous visit to the United States by President Xi Jinping of China. “We’re commenting on the fact that everyone is only covering the pope,” Mr. Noah said in late July following a stand-up performance in Santa Monica, Calif. “We are where Jon was when Stephen Colbert was around, when Steve Carell was around.

Noah also gave pointers to one of his new correspondents, Ronny Chieng, who would be featured in a sketch where he reluctantly reports news for children, called “Ronny’s Cutie-Patootie News Cabootie.” “Don’t be afraid to change it to your style of speaking,” Mr. Noah told him. “All those little bits between you and I, don’t worry about it — switch it up, the way you’d normally sound.” These segments appeared to reflect Mr. Half of it is online now,” he said. “Now you’ve got the Gawkers and the BuzzFeeds, and the way people are absorbing their news in sound bites and headlines and little click links has changed everything. So the biggest challenge — and it’s going to be an exciting one — is how do we bring all of that together, looking at it through a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source, which was historically Fox News.” “I understand there will be comparisons,” Mr.

Noah said. “I understand people with an issue going, ‘This guy’s not Jon Stewart,’ and I’m glad I’m not because that would be a disservice to him if I could come in without 16 years of experience and equal what he does.

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