Trevor Noah Salutes Jon Stewart In New ‘Daily Show’ Opening
The excited crowd loved it. Noah, from South Africa, is known to take on divisive political and social issues in his standup routines and the young host wasted little time before diving into Washington dysfunction. The host tackled the news of House Speaker John Boehner resigning and likened the departure of one “John” to the departure of the other “Jon,” and how maybe people won’t really know what to think of “John’s” new replacement, but that maybe they ought to give him a chance. The segment is definitely worth a view. And for those who may have turned off The Daily Show for good after Stewart’s departure, surmising that no host could ever come close to the level of inventive, political insight that Stewart had attained, Noah’s debut of course did not meet those standards, but it certainly was in no way bad. Noah is charismatic. He’s smart and witty. Yes, some of the jokes were forced, scripted. But Stewart didn’t turn The Daily Show into a powerhouse media source overnight. We shouldn’t expect the same of Trevor Noah.