Trevor Noah has novel tricks up his sleeve for debut

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“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,” Noah said. 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.

There wasn’t much in Trevor Noah’s childhood in Johannesburg to suggest that he would one day host America’s preeminent satirical program, starting with apartheid-era South Africa having virtually no tradition of professional comedy – nor, for that matter, free speech. 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. By his own account, Noah was a “nerdy little child” who spent most of his time indoors reading voraciously – everything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to electronics manuals. “That was my world,” says the 31-year-old late one evening in his sparsely decorated office. “I just consumed – that’s all I’ve ever been, a consumer of information.” The comedian’s rise from the township to the pinnacle of American comedy is one of the more unexpected developments in an era of tremendous upheaval for late-night television. 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. 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.

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. In contrast, the man he will be replacing is a widely revered comedian who over the course of 16 years on the job transformed into essential election-year viewing and the Emmy-winning jewel in Comedy Central’s crown. 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. Noah may not yet have the recognition of a Chris Rock or an Amy Schumer – names who were floated as possible successors to Stewart – but there is little doubt that he will bring a unique perspective on race, politics and cultural identity to at a time when such issues dominate the news. 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.

Since he first began performing in his early 20s, Noah has gained an international reputation for his irreverent take on charged topics such as Western perceptions of Africa, his country’s scandal-prone politicians and, especially, race. And though Noah is firmly in the millennial generation coveted by television executives, he has a hard-earned wisdom and maturity that transcends his young age. “I was born in the middle. Noah lampoons the events of the day (in Thursday’s case, Pope Francis’ visit to the United States); in-studio and field segments featuring “Daily Show” correspondents; and interviews with cultural and political figures, like the test evening’s guest, the CNN host Fareed Zakaria. 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.

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. Obviously, we hoped it would come later rather than sooner, but it came sooner.” Stewart’s bombshell also happened to land two months after the final broadcast of The Colbert Report and just a few weeks into the run of its replacement at 11:30, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.

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. 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 stumbled into comedy, quite literally, about 10 years ago, when he was thrust onstage during a raucous visit to a comedy night at a Johannesburg bar. Within a few years, he’d risen to the top of South Africa’s small comedy scene, hosting his own talk show and regularly selling out the country’s largest theaters. When you laugh at somebody, when you laugh at something, all of a sudden, it seems surmountable.” Still, there are few life experiences that can prepare one for becoming the target of an angry Internet mob. The excitement that followed the news of Noah’s hiring in March gave way almost instantly to a firestorm over tweets, written by Noah as far back as 2009, that many viewed as misogynistic and anti-Semitic. 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 was taken aback by the criticism and viewed the tweets as the work of a less polished and mature comedian. “It’s very difficult for somebody to go back into your past or into things you’ve done and no longer do and then tell you to change. 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. It’s like someone telling you to quit smoking, and you quit smoking seven years ago.” Now that the virtual dust has settled, the outrage seems misguided.

In person, Noah is less reminiscent of a frat boy than the cute, earnest guy in your philosophy class who stayed up late drinking coffee and talking about Camus. He says things like “as human beings we have children, so that we ourselves can learn again” and speaks using constant metaphors and analogies. (Watching Raw as an aspiring comedian was like “someone showing you a skyscraper when you’re busy building Legos”; society is always moving in the direction of progress, “like an iPhone.”) It’s a trait he says comes from growing up in a Bible-reading household where “everything was a parable.” In the weeks since Stewart signed off in early August, nearly every waking hour of Noah’s day has been consumed by a blitz of promotion, writing sessions and test shows. Throughout the process, Noah has impressed his new colleagues with his “self-possession and charm and unflappable nature,” says Alterman, who adds that “it’s possible that he’s a cyborg.” Executive producer Steve Bodow praises Noah as a “quick study” in American politics, which comes in handy as the race for the White House gains momentum.

He’s also developing a voice distinct from that of his predecessor, who was fond of calling out political hypocrisy and media distortions. “Trevor approaches it more as someone who’s new to the process. By way of explanation, he invokes another metaphor: As a child, Noah would ask his mother for help locating misplaced belongings and she would gently steer him in a more self-reliant direction. “She would always say, ‘If you look like you know I’m going to come and look for you, you’ll never find it. After years drawing for iconic DC titles such as Wonder Woman, Teen Titans and Superman, Scott is branching out on her own, collaborating with writer Greg Rucka on Black Magick, a new “witch-noir” police procedural. “Being a girl, and especially an Australian one, helped me stand out – people remembered me and could see that I was improving every year and had a certain ambition and bullishness,” she says. Originally an actress, Scott started attending San Diego Comic-Con in 2002 to try and get her work noticed, returning each year to build contacts and get work before being hired by DC in 2005. “When you’re working on licensed property like DC’s superheroes, part of your job is playing by the rules but also bringing in a sense of your own vision and contributing to the decades-long legacies of these iconic characters,” Scott says. “As a female artist you’re straight away bringing in a different perspective, and I definitely think there’s a little bit of a unique attitude and flavour that comes with being an Australian working in the American industry,” Scott says. “After getting steady work there for about three years I realised it was probably a really bad idea to get entrenched – I pictured myself in 20 years and realised that I didn’t want to be producing work that although paid well, I didn’t own,” she says. “While that was a pretty scary, everything that’s come since has sort of confirmed that I’ve made the right decision – everyone at DC has been so supportive, but they do still encourage me to come back if I ever have free time.” Nicola Scott speaks at GRAPHIC: A festival celebrating the art of graphic storytelling, illustration, comics, animation and music, at the Sydney Opera House on October 11.

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