Stewart’s replacement begins on ‘The Daily Show’

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Entertainment News: Trevor Noah nervous and excited; Joy of Jazz in photos.

Just days before he takes over the “The Daily Show” anchor chair from Jon Stewart, TV’s toughest act to follow, Noah is willing to acknowledge “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 on Monday at 11 p.m. Noah’s first ever show as the host of the late night satirical programme will air in the United States on September 28 at 11pm and in South Africa on September 29 at 9pm on Comedy Central.

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. He made a cameo on the final Daily Show episode, he showed in a couple of ads, he did Jerry Seinfeld’s show, but until the last two weeks, you’ve seen almost none of him. The test show, which took place last week, featured events of the day, in-studio and field segments with Daily Show correspondents and interviews with cultural and political individuals, New York Times reported.

He jests from the standpoint of someone born to a black mother and a white father 10 years before apartheid ended (“I was born a crime,” he sums up) whose mother had to walk ahead of him as a toddler, pretending not to know him if she saw the police. “I come from a crazy place,” he says. “When I was 25, my mother was shot in the head by my stepfather, an abusive alcoholic. There was some initial positive press about giving a black African such a high-profile assignment in an industry dominated by white men—but the honeymoon only lasted 24 hours. The format of the show hasn’t changed, but Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless explained that the show would now focus on building a strong presence on various social media platforms, USA Today reported.

Things totally fell apart for Noah when online sleuthers dug into Noah’s Twitter history about found a series of offensive (and, worse, unfunny) jokes about Jews, gays, women, and the obese. After all, Louis C.K., perhaps the most popular and beloved comedian on the planet right now, has said things a thousand times more offensive. (He has a bit about peanut allergies and slavery that is as cruel and nihilist as it is uproarious.) The problem for Noah was that they became the only thing that Americans, who hadn’t seen Noah’s standup and didn’t know his story, knew about him.

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 insists. The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz came to a close on September 26 with artists Simphiwe Dana, Lee Oskar, Peabo Bryson and Ray Phiri with Stimela on stage. Her third studio album and latest offering, titled Country Girl, was released on September 25 and soon went gold in 24 hours, selling 20 000 copies, Drum magazine reported. I see a lot of hope. “It’s often difficult to see progress when you look at it one day at a time,” he muses. “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.

This time around the afrosoul star stuck with a winning formula that includes working with music producer Robbie Malinga, who has worked with singers Kelly Khumalo and Naima Kay. And even those interviews have caused him trouble, most notably his comments about criticism of Vanity Fair’s pictorial of every current talk show host, of all whom were men. Noah said, in the tone-deaf fashion that has become his hallmark, that women were in fact “more powerful” than men in comedy, which is, uh, not close to being true.

Actor Menzi Ngubane tied the knot with his ex-girlfriend Sikelelo Sishuba in a traditional wedding in the West Rand over the weekend, Sunday World reported. But things have since turned around – he underwent a kidney transplant in 2014, which improved his health and he joined the cast of eTV’s drama series, Ashes to Ashes. Reality star and momager Kris Jenner (59) couldn’t fight the tears back while she was going through her ex-husband Bruce Jenner’s old clothes on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. The pair has two daughters together, Kylie and Kendall. “It makes me really sad,’ Jenner tells her daughter Kim, while she wiped the tears from her eyes. “I think going through something like this is difficult because the whole thing is something I’ve never dealt with before and I realise that I still have a long way to go before I can process all of this and understand it.

You don’t have to pander, but playing the bemused foreigner snarking on American idiocy could be a dangerous game, if he winds up going that way.” Stewart has spent 10 years “snarking on American idiocy.” Now we’re not even going to let Noah do that. Noah is an immensely skilled comedian, but he’s 31 years old and is being flung into the maelstrom of a program that is demanding more of him than any human being, no matter how funny or skilled, could possibly give. Noah launches on Monday night with the first of four shows that he calls a “miniseries” to introduce him to Americans, but the only real night that will matter is the first.

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