New ‘Daily Show’ anchor Trevor Noah to start tonight

The South African comedian, a relative unknown to American audiences, says show changes are in store.

Comedy Central’s popular “Daily Show” returns tonight for the first time since Jon Stewart retired earlier this year. Trevor Noah, a South African standup comedian and former “Daily Show” contributor, will be assuming the anchor role Stewart left after 16 years as show’s star.


"I look at 'The Daily Show' as a beautiful house I have inherited. ... I don't plan to break anything initially," he said.


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Noah moved to the United States in 2011 and remains largely an unknown quantity to most Americans despite his eight months as a contributor to the satirical Comedy Central late night program. He knows the pressure is on but plans to take things slowly, making changes in style rather than structure. There will also be more music and a wider range of guests, all of which were carefully chosen in the opening week to embody the new tone of the show, Noah said.


Monday sees a visit by comedian Kevin Hart "because it's a comedy show first and foremost, and Hart has broken the boundaries of color,” according to Noah. Tuesday features Whitney Wolfe, the founder and CEO of dating app Bumble, while on Wednesday, Noah gets his teeth into politics with New Jersey governor and White House contender Chris Christie.

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While Stewart wore his left-leaning politics on his sleeve, Noah says he is neither left nor right wing.

As the son of a white Swiss father and a black South African mother whose union was illegal under South Africa's apartheid system, he says he has always felt like an outsider without any American political targets. Yet.

"I get to forge my own relationships and discover who I will get to loathe," he claimed.

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