Trevor Noah addresses Wyatt Cenac comments, defends Jon Stewart

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Five ‘Daily Show’ Producers to Stay With Show.

Host Trevor Noah speaks onstage during “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” panel discussion at the 2015 Summer TCA Tour. (Frederick M. Comedy Central announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that The Daily Show’s five top producers—Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt—have re-signed under the new host.While “The Daily Show” will undoubtedly be different after Jon Stewart leaves and Trevor Noah takes over, Comedy Central signaled on Wednesday that there will be continuity from one host to the next by announcing that a team of five executive producers who have overseen the show during Mr.Jon Stewart may still be seated at The Daily Show desk for another week, but Trevor Noah’s campaign for the new era of Comedy Central’s flagship is in full swing.

Brown/Getty Images) “What happened there with Jon (Stewart) is exactly what the writers room is for,” Noah said at a Television Critic Association panel, which our Bill Keveney attended. Noah was referencing the story former correspondent Wyatt Cenac told on the WTF podcast, about how Stewart made him, a correspondent, cry for expressing concern over a segment’s racial insensitivity. “You’re supposed to fight about things,” he said. “What you’re trying to do is find the best way to tell the best joke about what’s happening in the world we’re living in. … You hope you get to a point where you’re really passionate about a subject because then when you get the show on screen, we’ve already had this fight. … It’s being handled.” “Any joke can be seen as offensive.

I didn’t know what it would be about … and then they went with that, which was an interesting choice, but I knew that something would come of it.” When a reporter asked him about his immediate reaction to the backlash, Noah steered away from responding directly to the content of his tweets, which many were offended by. “What was interesting is you saw the change in the conversation go from ‘Is this guy offensive?’ to ‘What is comedy and what is this role in our society?’ I think that’s a great conversation that came from it.” “It’s funny because people ask me about tweets now that happened two and half years ago. It’s my angle.” He went on to cite the basic differences between himself and Stewart: Their different races — and the fact that they also grew up nearly 8,000 miles apart and are separated by two decades — will be what differentiates the two shows. Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, said in a statement, “Steve, Jen, Tim, Jill and Adam have been key architects of ‘The Daily Show’s success, and we are excited that they will continue at the core of the creative team working with Trevor Noah as the show evolves. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source—which was historically Fox News.” — The perspective will change: “We’re still dealing with the same issues, it’s just a different angle we’re looking at things from—and it’s my angle, really.

Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better articulate context].” — About being chosen by Stewart: “The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me,” he said. “Jon believes in me … for years we’ve been talking.

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