Trevor Noah’s First Daily Show Guests Revealed

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‘Daily Show’ host Noah to focus on Web to lure younger viewers.

On Friday morning, journalists were granted a sneak peek at the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” during which the host answered questions about the regime change and showed off the spiffy new set, which is buried in a warehouse out on the nether-reaches of Hell’s Kitchen.NEW YORK — Trevor Noah, the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” said the program will step up efforts to reach viewers on Snapchat and other online platforms when he takes over next week. “We’re trying to find a way to get into those spaces in an authentic way and not just trying to chop up the “Daily Show,” Noah said at a press event Friday in New York. “We acknowledge that Snapchat is a thing, and so we will treat it accordingly and we’ll do that for every source that we feel merits that.” Jon Stewart hosted his final show in August, capping a 17- year run in which he became a go-to source for younger viewers for his sharp and humorous take on current events.

Accented in gray, brown, deep reds and blues, the set evokes his predecessor’s, albeit with some subtle tweaks — which seems to be Noah’s approach to the show itself. “I look at ‘The Daily Show’ as a beautiful house that I’ve inherited,” Noah explained, looking handsome and at ease as he perched on a director’s chair in front of the anchor desk. “I’m not going to break the house down and start trying to build a house from there; I go ‘this is a beautiful house that’s been there for many years, it’s a landmark.’ So what I’ll try and do is create it into the home of my dreams, using my new family.” “So as time goes on, I’ll be breaking down a wall here, changing a color there, moving a counter over there,” he added. “But you will know there’s a new person living in the house, because you’ll be complaining about the noise.” In terms of guests, Noah seems to be aiming for a familiar mix of entertainers, politicians and cultural figures, although he says his show will include more musical performances. For the first week’s lineup, Noah outlined how each guest was chosen to make a statement about the show’s revamped identity: Comedian Kevin Hart (“that’s what the show is, it is a comedy show first and foremost”), Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe (“like myself, a new voice in a space, but from a female side”), musician and Taylor Swift disrupter Ryan Adams (“he’s done in essence what we’ve done here: he’s taken something loved and cherished by many and created a new version”). The promo includes Klepper and Minhaj playing up American ignorance of Noah’s homeland of South Africa, while Walters and Hodgman assure us that there are still old people on the show — including an old white man, as Hodgman points out in a nod to the prevalence of the demographic in late-night. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie was picked to confirm that “the show is still going to be political; it’s still going to be American politics.” But it remains to be seen how Noah will deal with the intricacies of the American political system that were his former boss’s bread and butter.

Jon Stewart was mired in the system, and the South African-born Noah is much more of an outsider — a viewpoint he intends to use to his advantage in the writers’ room. “I also bring in a certain level of ‘did you see this other thing that comes from another place,’ and then we get to talk about that,” he explained. “They get an outsider’s perspective.” As he reiterated a few times, Noah doesn’t see his learning curve as a disadvantage. Under Stewart’s stewardship, it became a place where a lot of people went to get their news — weirdly enough — and get Stewart’s take on the news. “I think, to a certain extent, Jon and his role became bigger and bigger in the country, bigger and bigger in the media landscape because of what he was saying,” Noah said.

Rather, he expects that balancing his fresh eyes with the experienced perspectives of his writers (most of Stewart’s writing staff have stayed on) will provide a new way in to some of the show’s well-trodden topics. “The fun part is the learning, and I think sometimes transferring that learning into a TV show and giving that to the audience is fantastic, like when you have a child, they learn new things and then you get to relearn it with them,” he added. Take covering the recent Republican debates: Noah said he and his team worked together to figure out how to stay true to the show’s brand and to his sensibilities simultaneously. “For the writers, they’ve got a history with all of these people,” he explained. “I’m watching the debate and someone says something about something one of the politicians did 10, 15 years ago, and they’re like ‘that’s like the time that happened.’ And I’m the person going ‘why is that funny?

Just as Stewart was always uncomfortable — even incredulous — when anyone would confuse him with an actual newsman, Noah rejects the notion that he straddles that line. “I’m not in the news business. I’m still in the comedy business,” he said. “And that’s the most important thing Jon Stewart left with me, is that we are in the comedy business. “I hope in time to have the same impact,” he said. “In a different way, maybe, but an impact nonetheless. The first episode will also air on BET, Centric, CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Spike, TV Land, VH1 and VH1 Classic at 9 p.m. and/or midnight, depending on your cable or satellite provider.

And I was like, ‘I don’t know, seems like a pretty amazing guy to me.’” While Rand may be the first candidate in Noah’s heart, he seems open to whichever GOP candidates want to step into the ring with him. After saying that he’d love to have Ben Carson on because “it would be a very energetic interview,” he spoke a little bit about Donald Trump, a notoriously slippery interview subject — even Colbert seemed to have a tough time with the blustering candidate when he appeared on “The Late Show” earlier this week. “Donald Trump is an interesting one, because the truth of the matter is he doesn’t say much,” Noah acknowledged. “Really what we’re doing is enjoying the spectacle of it all. Are we doing this just for entertainment or are we really trying to get answers, are we really trying to go into a political space with these people?” Noah’s on-the-fly political humor chops got a little test this morning, when Saraiya broke the news mid Q&A that John Boehner was stepping down from his congressional seat, and asked Noah to share some of his failed Boehner jokes with the audience.

That’s the sad thing.” “I’m a big fan of thinking before I say or react to anything,” he added. “So that’s what we would be doing right now is talking about it and reminiscing on our favorite John Boehner moments, and [the writers] would be taking me back to some I didn’t know of.

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