Will Trevor Noah’s millennial status set the new ‘Daily Show’ apart?

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Noah now truly among stars.

South African comedian Trevor Noah in his offices at the ‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ in New York, on Sept. 16, 2015. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The late-night TV upheaval of the past few years — Jimmy Fallon replaced Jay Leno; Seth Meyers replaced Jimmy Fallon; James Corden took over for Craig Ferguson; Larry Wilmore got the spot vacated by Stephen Colbert; Stephen Colbert jumped into David Letterman’s chair following the latter’s retirement — finally comes to an end (for now anyway) Monday when Trevor Noah debuts as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” following the departure of Jon Stewart. Noah will fill Jon Stewart’s position as the third host of the show.(Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY) “I love a piece of what everyone does,” he says when asked about his late-night influences. “I love the playful nature of John Oliver, I love the joy of Jimmy Fallon, I enjoy the laid-back nature, ironically, of Jon Stewart,” whom he replaces Monday as Comedy Central’s Daily Show host (11 p.m. GOP (Republican) presidential candidate Chris Christie will join Noah on Wednesday while Adams – performing a song from his Taylor Swift cover album – will end the week on Thursday. “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,” said Noah.

He made his US television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show. I remember for a brief period we had Sinbad.” Sure, he’s a stand-up comedian like some of his counterparts, but at 31 he’s both younger and considerably farther from the typical late-night mold. “I come from a very poor background of extreme poverty; I lived in a home of domestic abuse,” he says of his upbringing in Soweto, South Africa, during apartheid, the son of a black mother and white father, a Swiss national. “The world you come from, or the things you experience, always help you to relate to the experiences of others,” he says, just as Colbert’s touching interview with Vice President Biden this month, about his late son Beau, was informed by the deaths of Colbert’s father and two brothers in a 1974 plane crash. “You could not have had that had the two of them not shared loss,” Noah says, which “gives you the ability to ask and talk to people about things the way you would like to be asked and talked to.” Though he’s largely unknown in this country, Comedy president Michele Ganeless says Noah is a fitting replacement for the news satire who was endorsed by Stewart and rose to the top based on his qualifications for the job description: A funny, smart workaholic with a broad range of interests. “It’s the hardest job on TV, and that list gets very small, very quickly,” Ganeless says. “And the more time we spent with him in the process, the more it became clear he had a unique eye into the world” as a Millennial who can connect with the network’s audience. Though politics remains “one of the core elements of the show,” Noah says, “we’re trying to find a way to comedically disseminate that information to people, because policy is horribly boring. He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others.

Not since Conan O’Brien was named host of NBC’s “Late Night” in 1993 has such a virtual unknown been picked to headline a late-night series. (Mr. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold-out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. I’m very cognizant of people who may watch the show and go, ‘Hey, I’m not a political guy.’ Don’t watch the show because you’re into politics, watch the show because you’re into laughing.” Noah plans to usher Daily firmly into the social-media age. While he plans some format tweaks, the biggest change will come in “the way we look at stories, or even how I present the stories to the audience.” That prism will reflect the hosts’ vastly different backgrounds: Noah grew up as a poor, mixed-race kid during apartheid, when his parents’ marriage was illegal, and he had no real connection to American politics.

Calls to vote for four remarkable South Africans who had achieved global recognition in their chosen field went out on social media platform Twitter on Monday, September 21 and ran until midnight on September 23. Noah: He’s a biracial 31-year-old comic from South Africa who speaks seven languages and began as a “Daily Show” contributing correspondent last year. But in tune with the National Braai Day initiative, it is run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the National Heritage Day public holiday as South Africa’s national day of celebration. But a new team will produce original material for various platforms all week long. “For Jon, it wasn’t his world, and understandably so, (but) it’s very much a part of our lives.

Unlike Stewart, who was easily riled up by hyperactive cable-news outlets, Noah will start out focusing more on people making news than those delivering it. “I’m less likely to skewer CNN or Fox and more to skewer (Kentucky court clerk) Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee,” he says. He says such outrage is impossible to ignore. “We live in an age for better and worse where everyone’s opinion is heard, and that is a good thing, but it is also a very bad thing. He’ll also make more frequent use of the show’s diverse team of fake-news correspondents, bolstered by three newcomers,. “We have this ensemble of different voices that, in my mind, represents America in different ways, which is a new thing to play with,” and as peers — he served briefly as one of them — “it’s not my job to say everything, which is really cool.” But he’s taking a measured approach. “I wouldn’t want to rush in and dismantle and destroy the show just because people are going, ‘You’d better make it different!’ Let’s start with what works and let’s evolve over time. People can give you their opinions on politics and government and what’s happening in the world, but it also means people can tell you you look ugly in your Instagram picture.” But “for every crazy person on the corner shouting and screaming, there’s 100 people walking by with headphones on going, ‘This is none of my business.’ You have to look at the bigger picture. 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.

Sometimes it’s just noise.” He has little time for a personal life —“Right now, I’m dating my work; I don’t think I’d be a good boyfriend” — and says preparing for a job he couldn’t have dreamed of is “a petrifying experience. Noah said. “I look at America from the first time I came here, let’s say, five, six years ago, to America today, a lot of the stories that people are talking about in and around the U.S. have a lot of influences from outside of the U.S. People go, ‘Oh, you don’t seem nervous at all.’ I go, ‘No, no, do not get it twisted; I am nervous.’ But it’s the same way I get nervous every time before I get on stage; you never lose that. Noah said. “Jon believes in me. … So there’s an immense pressure for me personally to live up to that legacy, to keep the flagship going.” Comic Kevin Hart will be Mr.

Noah said in late July following a stand-up performance in Santa Monica, Calif. “We are where Jon was when Stephen Colbert was around, when Steve Carell was around. Half of it is online now,” he said. “Now you’ve got the Gawkers and the BuzzFeeds, and the way people are absorbing their news in sound bites and headlines and little click links has changed everything. So the biggest challenge — and it’s going to be an exciting one — is how do we bring all of that together, looking at it through a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source, which was historically Fox News.” “I understand there will be comparisons,” Mr.

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