Trevor Noah kills it in debut as ‘The Daily Show’ host

South African-born comedian Trevor Noah killed as the new host of “The Daily Show” Monday, 28 September, assuming the anchor desk with a wink by joking women and U.S.-born comics had turned down the coveted job before the network asked him.

“Comedy Central tried and those people declined,” Noah, 31, said. “And so once more, a job Americans rejected is now being done by an immigrant.” Despite the obvious pressure, Noah came across as fast and edgy and right-fully acknowledged that it felt weird to be front and center on a show someone else had transformed into a cultural icon. “I can only assume that this is as strange for you as it is for me,” he said. “Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host, he was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways our political Trevor Noah kills it in debut as ‘The Daily Show’ host dad, and it’s weird because dad has left … now it feels like the family has a new stepdad, and he’s black.” Stewart spent 16 years as host of “The Daily Show,” and it did feel a little strange at first that he wasn’t there. Still, there were many elements left intact from his reign to help viewers feel comfortable. The show kept its theme-song, the new set resembled the old one and Noah kept the show’s final “Moment of Zen.” Noah also showed off some serious talk-show chops, deftly interviewing fast-talking Kevin Hart. He proved to be a generous interviewer, never letting the conversation lag, or worse, offering too much commentary — a fault others like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have wrestled with dur-ing their late-night debuts. Until Monday, Noah had largely kept a low profile. He caused a stir last March, after Com-edy Central selected him for the job, when Twitter messages he posted years ago making jokes about Jews, Asians and women resurfaced. It’s clear he’s moved on. Calm, nimble and damn funny, Noah didn’t even break a sweat and seems easily poised to carry on the satire and smarts that turned the Comedy Cen-tral talk show into a source of news and entertainment for an entire generation. “The Daily Show” is in good hands. That’s our moment of zen. – New York Daily News

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