Trevor Noah Finds Himself in a Political Straitjacket

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Following TV’s toughest act.

Just days before he takes over the “The Daily Show” anchor chair from Jon Stewart, TV’s toughest act to follow, Noah was willing to acknowledge “it isn’t easy to reboot and re-create a new show from an old show in just five weeks.” Which he has been obliged to do, stepping in as host tonight 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. “The joke we have in the building is that I’m the Boy King with a lot of responsibility,” he says, “but with a lot of great people who can guide me.” 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.

In between, Congress will try to pass a new spending bill that would avoid another government shutdown and a handful of other data releases should shed some more light on U.S. economic growth. CBS Gotham A breakout from Arkham Asylum puts Gordon (Ben McKenzie) back in action after he’s reinstated to the city’s police force in this new episode of the superhero-origin series.

That overture led to an invitation to drop by The Daily Show, which Noah found to be “the most daunting experience I’ve ever seen: There was an insane amount of work going on.” Whereupon Noah asked him the big question: What was his stance on Noah as his successor? 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. 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. The unemployment rate is expected to have held steady at 5.1%, which is a seven-year low, with the U.S. economy likely adding 203,000 jobs in September — more than the 173,000 it added in the previous month. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said last week the central bank believes that “the economy is no longer far away from full employment,” an important milestone as the Fed considers finally implementing it’s highly-anticipated interest rate hike.

Then you’ll be setting yourself free.’ ” He found a certain freedom in comedy, which he pursued, he says, not to vent his spleen, as with many comedians, “but because I made people laugh.” A man of mixed race and a stormy childhood, he saw himself as a perpetual outsider. But he made himself at home globally, including the United States, where he toured comedy clubs and landed TV appearances (including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Show With David Letterman”). 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.

Boehner had been working to secure enough bipartisan votes to pass such a bill, but he faced opposition from conservatives within his own Republican party who refused to pass the bill unless it defunded Planned Parenthood. The Silicon Valley tech boom has driven the price of San Francisco real estate into the stratosphere, and the result is that many long-time residents no longer can afford to live there. NBC I’ll Have What Phil’s Having TV producer Phil Rosenthal — a food and travel junkie — visits Tokyo for Ramen, sushi and other delicacies in the premiere of this new culinary series. 10 p.m. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has requested a side meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, which would mark the leaders’ first in-person meeting in over a year.

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. KOCE Castle Beckett (Stana Katic) explains her disappearance from her perspective in the conclusion of a the “Rashomon”-like two-part season premiere of the mystery series. On Friday, Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new slate of policies to combat climate change, including a cap-and-trade program in China. Lizzie Velasquez (“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”); Danny Strong (“Empire”); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Christina Milian (“Grandfathered”). (N) 7 a.m.

Noah, who takes over for former host Jon Stewart after previously appearing on the show as a correspondent, will be the program’s first new host since Stewart took over the role in 1999 (though, John Oliver briefly stepped into the role two years ago during a Stewart hiatus before getting his own show on HBO TWX 0.37% ). Noah is entering a competitive late-night TV landscape, where several cable network options fight for ratings, and advertising dollars, with an equally crowded field of late-night talk shows on the major networks, including other recently installed hosts Stephen Colbert, on CBS CBS -0.29% , as well as NBC’s CMCSA -0.49% Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s DIS -0.32% Jimmy Kimmel.

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