With Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show performance upon us, the late night world is preparing to be rattled by the imminent shake-up that will take place when South African comedian Trevor Noah takes over in Jon Stewart’s wake. Trevor Noah was not the safe or expected choice to replace the beloved late night host and he has caused quite the stir with his no-holds-barred approach to comedy. Despite a smattering of questionable jokes, many are hopeful that Trevor Noah’s brazen comedic approach will give The Daily Show a fresh, new edge and these 9 hilarious moments prove Trevor Noah will be great on The Daily Show.
Noah incurred a barrage of criticism earlier this year when some of his older Tweets surfaced, Tweets which contained jokes at the expense of Jews and women. In the midst of the controversy, Comedy Central defended their new Daily Show host, saying:
Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.
Noah himself addressed the issue on Twitter, stating: "To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian."
Though there are those who question his ability to carry the weight of The Daily Show after the landmark success of his predecessor, particularly given his already controversial humor, Noah seems like he could be just what The Daily Show needs. To replace Jon Stewart with someone who tries to replicate exactly what Jon Stewart did would fall flat. Noah has a unique cultural viewpoint that, coupled with his fearlessness in tackling the sticky issues, will undoubtedly be delightful to watch unfold as he settles in to his new position on The Daily Show.
1. His First Appearance On The Daily Show
From his first go-round on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it was clear that Trevor Noah has a unique perspective to bring to the show.
2. His Bit About Basic Bitches
If you're from Africa... then why are you white?
3. His Thoughts On Ronda Rousey
Noah brings it home for all the two pump chumps out there.
4. This Joke About Black Americans
.... and Mexicans.
5. That Time He Talked About Meek & Drake's Beef
And the Meek pile on continues.
6. His Take On Hip Hop & Censorship
I need a full SNL skit featuring his insecure rapper character.
7. The Thing About American Sports Culture
He has that ESPN sportscaster impression down to a science.
8. Oh, And Uber
I wonder if he gave his driver five stars.
9. Noah Vs. Stewart: Late Night Chess
Who will be the Bobby Fischer of late night?
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