Trevor Noah is changing “The Daily Show”: Here are the biggest adjustments …

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 things to know about new Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

Monday night brings yet another late-night television debut. Tonight’s the night that he takes over The Daily Show, replacing Jon Stewart as our official joke-bringer and guide through the 2016 presidential election.

San Francisco 2.0: Nancy Pelosi’s documentary-making daughter explores the effect the technology boom has had on San Francisco, its culture and its long-time residents. 8 p.m., HBO Criminal Minds: In the season premiere, a serial killer is leaving distinctive marks on victim’s faces. The network, owned by Viacom VIA -0.58% , has said goodbye to two comedy superstars in the past year: Noah’s predecessor, Jon Stewart, and Stewart’s protege, Stephen Colbert.

He inherited much of his predecessor’s backstage team and some of the show’s correspondents, a sign Comedy Central wants to keep the bones of “The Daily Show” intact as regular viewers get to know a new voice. “I’m having nightmares,” Noah told The Associated Press recently. “It’s terrifying, it really is. So, before Noah sits down with his first guest — comedian Kevin Hart — here are five things to know about the young man with a big role to fill in late-night TV.

He’s a native South African, and his parents got together at a time when their relationship was illegal because his father is white and his mother is black. His parents and his mixed heritage play a big part in his comedy, which deals a lot with race and how Trevor has been perceived since moving to the U.S. While his past segments have often involved a lot of teaching Jon Stewart about race and South African culture, Trevor says we shouldn’t expect the new to just be full of lessons. Noah quickly apologized, blaming the offensive posts on his youth at the time while also claiming that his comedy and his personal views had evolved over the subsequent years.

In a recent interview with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Noah noted that his mother actually spent time in jail over her relationship with his father, forcing her to sometimes pretend to be the family’s maid and babysitter. Noah has also talked about how growing up with the influence of different cultures, and in the presence of a violent stepfather, influenced his comedy style and his worldview. “Literally everything has a funny side,” Noah told Seinfeld. In just a handful of appearances on the program, Noah sought laughs by juxtaposing recent racial and socioeconomic issues in the U.S. with his own upbringing in South Africa. Speaking of politics, Noah has said that he wants to spend more time mocking both sides of the political spectrum and, specifically, he doesn’t want to specifically focus on bashing Fox News like his predecessor did. Instead, Noah will likely glean more comedy from media outlets with younger-skewing audiences, such as Gawker and Buzzfeed, as well as from social media.

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