Trevor Noah Loses His Cool As He Prepares to Take Over ‘The Daily Show’: “My …

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Kevin Hart Set As First Guest On ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’.

Trevor Noah ordered his staff to read all tweets by new correspondents as he hired them to the show – six months after being ripped for his own offensive tweets of the past. “I said, ‘This is a good exercise,'” Noah told The New York Times. “‘You go through every single tweet and tell me what you think we should get rid of.'” The South African comedian said his team struggled to decipher whether some posts were offensive or not, which is obviously something Noah can relate to.In two new interviews, Noah reveals his feelings about next week’s relaunch, diversity in late night and being a low draft pick for the Comedy Central show.Like the mostly vacant canvas that once hung outside the Midtown Manhattan studios of “The Daily Show,” advertising his Sept. 28 debut date and not much else, the office that Trevor Noah works from was nearly barren on a recent visit.

Trevor Noah officially takes his seat behind The Daily Show desk on Sept. 28, and in advance of his debut, he’s been busy doing interviews to prepare the world for his arrival. In a new interview with Rolling Stone’s Jonah Weiner, Noah talked about his plans for the franchise; specifically, his plans to make it more diverse in its new iteration. “Already we have people coming in and the racial diversity of the correspondents has gone up dramatically,” explained Noah, who was born in Apartheid South Africa to a white Swiss father and a black South African mother. “I won’t tell you who they are but you will see them. Despite Noah’s ever-cool appearance, he told Savannah Guthrie on Today that as he approaches the first night of the show, his mind looks like “the Syrian crisis — parts of my mind are fleeing,” said Noah. “Other parts are panicking, but you know what?

Noah’s debut will add even more heat to the late-night landscape, which has become decidedly more competitive in the past few weeks with Stephen Colbert’s launch on CBS. In test tapings, Noah’s “Daily Show” format has proven to be similar to that of former host, Jon Stewart, including tossing to “correspondents” and mocking the day’s headlines. “The most amazing thing that Jon did was he didn’t give me a mandate,” he continued. “He didn’t say, ‘You need to make my show.’ He specifically said: ‘Make your show. I think it’s all gonna work out in the end.” Co-host Carson Daly pointed out that coming into an election year, he won’t be at a loss for material. “Yeah,” Noah said. “Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina – these are all gifts. Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are exec producers of “Daily Show.” Chuck O’Neil, who just earned an Emmy for his work on Stewart’s final season, returns as director.

And finding those voices is difficult but we’re lucky in that I’ve worked with great people of every color and I’ve worked with fantastic female writers as well. So we’re bringing that into the room.” Noah, whose comedy deals extensively with the issues of race, also addressed the topic of racial injustice in the United States, saying that while he “wouldn’t say America is a white-supremacist country” he believes “America suffers from a level of institutionalized racial segregation.” “The effect of that is very similar to South Africa: It’s difficult to remedy that instantly,” he continued. “If you look at the legacy of slavery, if you look at the legacy of oppression…I mean even if you just look at women’s rights, take a step away from racial issues: Society has a long way to go in terms of getting women equal pay, equal recognition in the workplace, and so on. Comedian Kevin Hart will appear on Monday’s inaugural episode, while Whitney Wolfe, the creator of the dating app Bumble, and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie will go on the next two nights.

He has the formidable task of succeeding Jon Stewart, who, over his 16-year tenure, helped transform the program from a garden-variety lampooning of events to a pointed and influential commentary on politics and the news media. While comics like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have accused political correctness of “killing comedy,” Noah himself is more on the fence. “I think there’s two conversations being rolled into one,” he said. “ The side that I think Jerry and Chris are referring to isn’t really political correctness — it refers more to a machine of outrage and a hunger for outrage that has become popular.

The sparseness of his office reinforces the fact that, to American audiences, he is still a blank slate; the little data they have to fill it in includes a modest but enduring scandal that cropped up around Mr. We shouldn’t have been doing that or saying that!” When Weiner suggested that the outrage machine results in a “a lack of precision in how we deal with and respond to comedic speech, as distinct from other kinds of public speech,” Noah compared comedy to a research laboratory, in that experimentation is necessary to get to the finished product. “The things we are doing in there are not for everyone to be doing,” he added. “It’s not what everyone can be doing. But now because of the social-media world we live in, people take it out of there and now you’ve got somebody basically running around with a test tube in the middle of the street, and that’s not the place that a test tube should be.

It should have stayed in the research laboratory.” We’ll finally get to see what Noah and his team of diverse comic scientists have cooked up in their laboratory when “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premieres on September 28. Had I been given the choice at the time — if they said, “You vote, Keanu Reeves or Will Smith?’ ” — I would have gone: ‘That is a stupid and obvious answer. It turned out that before Comedy Central offered you the “Daily Show” job, it approached higher-profile stars like Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer.

I remember reading that Will Smith was supposed to get “The Matrix.” But then I was like, I don’t think I could picture anyone doing “The Matrix” better than Keanu Reeves. I’m going to go with Will Smith.” And yet now I go, “No, he wouldn’t have worked.” Wyatt Cenac, the former “Daily Show” correspondent, has talked about a heated fight that he and Jon Stewart had over racial content on the program. I will hire anyone that comes in the door.” But you don’t realize you’re limited by your current network of who you know, and what you know is often [people like] you.

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