Trevor Noah steps in as host of ‘Daily Show’ on Monday night

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Entertainment News: Trevor Noah nervous and excited; Joy of Jazz in photos.

Just days before he takes over the “The Daily Show” anchor chair from Jon Stewart, TV’s toughest act to follow, Noah is willing to acknowledge “it isn’t easy to reboot and recreate a new show from an old show in just five weeks.” Which he has been obliged to do, stepping in as host on Monday at 11 p.m. “The most challenging thing is trying to make it look like it’s easy,” said South African comedian Trevor Noah during a test show, ahead of his debut as the new host of The Daily Show in the United States of America.

While there is much reason to hope that Noah will bring a fresh perspective, it would be a mistake to miss the very real ways that Noah’s leadership is likely to significantly change the show. Even though Comedy Central has pushed a few promos that suggest the show will be the same, but different, it’s more likely to be mostly different and a little the same. A social media firestorm erupted with the press fanning the flames. “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” Noah tweeted in response. “It’s not like it didn’t affect me, or hurt me,” he says now, a lean, baby-faced presence clad in jeans, T-shirt and running shoes. “But I understood it, which helped me get over it.” 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. “Should we erase our history because someone will judge us by that now, in the present?” poses Noah, and says no. “I think history is a reminder of what not to repeat.” The uproar (including speculation that Noah might be pitched overboard) quickly subsided, but not before the story had been covered to death and, says Noah, too often driven by hearsay. “It was a beautiful baptism of fire,” he says. “What better way to learn the purpose of my new job than to be at the epicenter of many of the problems of how the media covers news?” Certainly, Noah’s new job is to quarterback the “Daily Show” truth squad as it lampoons news makers and the media that cover them in the context of the serious business of the comically fake newscast. The test show, which took place last week, featured events of the day, in-studio and field segments with Daily Show correspondents and interviews with cultural and political individuals, New York Times reported. 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.

The format of the show hasn’t changed, but Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless explained that the show would now focus on building a strong presence on various social media platforms, USA Today reported. 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. While Noah has since distanced himself from that sort of humor, and while he may well mature in terms of his comedy, it’s important to consider the fact that he comes into this job with virtually no history of political humor. 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.

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz came to a close on September 26 with artists Simphiwe Dana, Lee Oskar, Peabo Bryson and Ray Phiri with Stimela on stage. Think about his Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall, his advocacy for a bill to support 9/11 First Responders, his fight for healthcare for our vets, and his takedown of “Crossfire.” These were all moments when he stepped outside of his role as host and worked to make our democracy stronger. I see a lot of hope. “It’s often difficult to see progress when you look at it one day at a time,” he muses. “Like with a workout regime: Take a picture today, then take another picture not tomorrow or the next day, but after six or eight weeks.

Her third studio album and latest offering, titled Country Girl, was released on September 25 and soon went gold in 24 hours, selling 20 000 copies, Drum magazine reported. This time around the afrosoul star stuck with a winning formula that includes working with music producer Robbie Malinga, who has worked with singers Kelly Khumalo and Naima Kay. Mkutukana’s 13-track album features a couple of love songs, which are probably inspired by her current relationship status, “happy and in love”. In fact, Gawker and Buzzfeed could be considered helpful correctives to Fox News, so it is hard to see what sort of productive comedic angle Noah will pursue by covering them.

If Noah had said he planned to target Breitbart, The Blaze, NewsBusters or any of the other on-line Fox News-friendly media sources, then we might have been encouraged that he was opening the field but staying true to the concept. Actor Menzi Ngubane tied the knot with his ex-girlfriend Sikelelo Sishuba in a traditional wedding in the West Rand over the weekend, Sunday World reported.

When he interviews Chris Christie later this week, we will get our first real glimpse of how he plans to address U.S. politics, but thus far his jokes have mostly been confined to his not understanding the U.S. system. But things have since turned around – he underwent a kidney transplant in 2014, which improved his health and he joined the cast of eTV’s drama series, Ashes to Ashes. Reality star and momager Kris Jenner (59) couldn’t fight the tears back while she was going through her ex-husband Bruce Jenner’s old clothes on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. While the two went head to head multiple times, the debate was a perfect place for Stewart to develop his theory of “Bullshit Mountain.”For Stewart “Bullshit Mountain” referred to the aggressive and delusional conservative rhetoric that aims to destroy political compromise and divide the nation. The pair has two daughters together, Kylie and Kendall. “It makes me really sad,’ Jenner tells her daughter Kim, while she wiped the tears from her eyes. “I think going through something like this is difficult because the whole thing is something I’ve never dealt with before and I realise that I still have a long way to go before I can process all of this and understand it.

But he also did this using satire – a special form of comedy that depends on getting the audience to think critically about the status quo while laughing. When asked by Stephen Colbert about whether his outsider status would affect his ability to be a U.S. based comedian, Noah joked that he could make a joke about city potholes as well as any New Yorker. Such jokes are an example of the low hanging fruit of comedy, and they have little, if anything, in common with the political satire that framed Stewart’s show. One encouraging factor is that Noah won’t be alone: He still has “The Best F#@king News Team Ever.” While there will be three new additions to the team, many familiar faces will still be there, including Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Schaal.

In one promo he and his staff debated the correct pronunciation of “Zebra” – a move that reinforced the idea that they speak different “languages.” So despite Noah’s assurance in the promo that “it’s still ‘The Daily Show” and nothing’s gonna change,” there is clear evidence that there is plenty of change to come. All signs suggest, though, that Noah may well be more like a combination of Kilborn and Fallon since we have yet to see him offer us comedy that is even a distant cousin to Stewart’s satire.

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