Trevor Noah 'Daily Show' Debut: What You Need To Know Before Monday's Premiere, Including His Approach Towards Fox News
The series premiere of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT; here's what you need to know before tuning in.
Comedian Trevor Noah obviously has some big shoes to fill now as the replacement for Jon Stewart, who hosted the variety show for 16 years before quitting in August. Noah has said that the new Daily Show will have a similar look to the Stewart show, but with some updated technology.
"The most important thing for me was to try and find a place where we could design something that is new and fresh but also reminiscent of The Daily Show," Noah told Rolling Stone recently. "I wanted something that would still remind me of that place, but also show that something has changed. So we've updated the technology a little bit, one of those screens you can touch and it will tell your heartbeat."
The new Daily Show will have all of the same correspondents Stewart had at the end of his run, minus Jason Jones and Samantha Bee.
While Stewart was more of a left-leaning host politically, Noah does not have a particular stance either way. The new host admitted, "I don't have targets yet, which I think is the right way to approach it ... I didn't have Fox News in most places in the world where I was traveling or living. These are new people to me. I get to discover the person I will grow to loathe, to hate, and they may not be on Fox News."
Noah has also said that the first week of shows will be a "four-part mini-series" which will ultimately serve as a "reintroduction" into The Daily Show. This will help viewers get a feel for what to expect from the variety show going forward.
The host, who is South African-born, relates America's struggle with race relations and fight for democracy to his own country's.
"It's different timelines, but the directions we've taken, the consequences, dealing with the aftermath of what we then think is the beginning of democracy, and then realizing that's just the first step - that freedom is the beginning of the conversation - that's something that I've learned on both sides of the world," he said.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres Monday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.