Trevor Noah Daily Show

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Grade the New Host on His First Night

Trevor Noah on Monday took a slightly unexpected approach to his first night as the new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Sure, Noah brought along a few bells and whistles — a moderately upgraded set and some fancy new graphics gave the show a slightly fresher feel — but for the most part, Jon Stewart’s successor played it safe, giving us exactly what we want from our Daily Show (but with way more winking.)

“I can only assume that this is as strange for you as it is for me,” he told the audience at the top of the half-hour. “Jon Stewart was more than just a late night host. He was often our voice, our refuge and in many ways, our political dad. And it’s weird, because dad has left. And now it feels like the family has a new stepdad… and he’s black, which is not ideal.”

Noah kicked things off by skewering the media’s coverage of Pope Francis’ recent tour (“I’m saying the Pope has a huge c–k!”), lamenting the departure of John Boehner (“I just got here!”) and even taking a dig at Whitney Houston’s death by crack (“Too soon?”). His first episode also introduced new correspondent Roy Wood, Jr., who helmed a pretty funny segment about why we shouldn’t be going to Mars — and which black celebrities are most likely to make the cut. (“Beyoncé, Oprah and Michael Strahan. … White people like anything Kelly Ripa likes.”)

The evening wrapped with a visit from comedian Kevin Hart, a safe choice for a first guest — and not just because he came bearing gifts. The conversation was short and sweet, not unlike Hart, and the two had a solid rapport. If this whole “hosting” thing doesn’t work out, maybe they can team up for a buddy comedy or something.

But what did you think of Noah’s first outing? Grade his debut below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Mika02 says:

    I think he did a great job but he will need to eventually make it his own

  2. Angela says:

    Not bad. I’m actually glad that he did start by keeping the show’s basic setup intact, but I’m all for him adding his own flairs here and there as the weeks go on to make the show his own.
    And there were some good jokes here and there as well. I think he might be a little more blunt with them in ways that Jon wasn’t, and some viewers may take to his brand of humor more than others will. But I think his style of humor could also work well depending on the topic he’s dealing with, too, and his style of humor has me particularly interested to see how he does in interviews with people he’s at odds with politically.
    So yeah. I’ll be checking the show out more, see where his run goes and how he settles in.

  3. Helen Bowers says:

    Would have been a lot more enjoyable if the ratio of commercials to program would have been lower.

  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    I give it an A. Hope Trevor Noah is going to do a great job as the NEW host of The Daily Show and it will never the same without the man that is Jon Stewart.

  5. teeveenerd says:

    There were a couple jokes that were very blunt, and it reminded me of something like Tosh.0 I also wonder if he will stay happy with keeping the format. It did seem like the show just had a new driver. That said, Roy Wood Jr was awesome. He made me laugh the most, but I’m a fan of his comedy.

  6. DavidJ says:

    I admit I was a bit worried, but I thought he knocked it out of the park. His energy and delivery was great and the new correspondent was hilarious as well.

  7. Rose says:

    Nailed it!

  8. MyFairLady says:

    He was great…not bad

  9. Joyce Smith says:

    Jon Stewart is gone, Steve Colbert gives me that uneasy feeling you get watching someone you know not do very good in a talent show and ET showed David Letterman tonight with a white beard, rosy cheeks and reminding me of Santa Claus. No one is making me laugh out loud.

  10. Eva says:

    For a guy still figuring things out, I think he did spectacular. He just needs to find himself something to do with his hands, I get he didn’t want to copy Jon’s drawing, but he definitely couldn’t keep them still either ;)

  11. peterwdawson says:

    Decent first outing. Definitely needs to find a bit more of his own voice but this could be a smoother transition. It probably both helped and hindered that the writing staff didn’t undergo a massive shake-up (there were some changes though).

  12. Buck says:

    It’s just too bad John Oliver was already signed to HBO.

    • I agree completely. It would have made the transition much easier to stomach. Trevor Noah is fine in his own right but the switch from JS to TN feels very jarring.

    • Luis says:

      Obviously, CC had no idea Jon was going to pull up stakes right after John Oliver started up with HBO. Agreed, Stewart to Oliver would have been a natural, easy transition, but I like what they have in Trevor.

    • Alexa says:

      I don’t see how it’s a loss when John’s HBO show is as stellar as it is. Everything kinda worked out how it should. HBO is giving John the platform and freedom to make a truly special and unique show. CC comes with certain restrictions.

  13. Paolo says:

    I like that Trevor maintains consistent Jon’s energy and joie de vivre, but he’s still too new and it appears that it still hinges too much on Jon’s presence…

  14. Bill says:

    I found him charming. For an opening night he was excellent considering the expectations. Once he gets into his groove he’s going to be a worthy successor. Two big thumbs up.

  15. Robby says:

    Trashing conservatives? PASS! Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  16. Jay says:

    I will wait to watch the Daily Show again when they hire a new white host.

  17. Zoe says:

    I came in feeling sad and grumpy about the Daily Show, but Noah was classy and charismatic, not to mention easy on the eyes. I like how he addressed everyone’s feelings about the switch right off the bat. Well done.

  18. Alexa says:

    He was awesome. And Kevin Hart was the perfect first guest.
    However the Whitney Houston crack joke was very distasteful, esp since her daughter’s death is still so fresh.