It was recently announced that Trevor Noah will be taking Jon Stewart’s spot as host of “The Daily Show” later this year. Trevor is a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa and has been a correspondent on the show three times. I can remember one of them specifically and I recalled feeling at the end of the segment that Trevor came off a bit haughty. Something about his takeover rubs me the wrong way and I wanted to figure out the root of that emotion. Unlike others, I wasn’t bothered by any of the tweets he came under fire for, because I think as a whole we have become unfairly hypersensitive about every little thing, and I’m also a big defender of comedy not having limits. Perhaps it is that in the episode I saw, Trevor’s delivery was at times a poor, stammering mess and yet he opted to wear a pristine three-piece suit that costs more than any item of clothing I will ever own, it was so inauthentic. It was one of the few times the whole thing felt like someone just playing a smart guy role – and doing a bad job at it. And, even though Trevor’s South African accent is truly beautiful, when used to deliver words that were bashing the American currency system, it came off totally condescending. All in, I think this guy couldn’t be any less relatable to the average Joe if he tried.
In all fairness, anyone coming into the seat has some huge shoes to fill. Jon Stewart has become the voice of the Everyman who has been able to break down his vast knowledge of the political underbelly in a way just about anyone can understand. He is unafraid to call it like he see’s it, and has become such a force that media outlets and Politician’s alike feel the need to respond to him. You know you are doing something right when the big dogs take up network airtime to address the rantings of some guy from New Jersey and his cable show.
Trevor Noah has no known political background and isn’t even from this country and yet he is now the one who will be calling out not only us Americans, but the entire system and all the corrupt players. Given the lack of credentials, I can’t imagine anyone of important merit is going to feel compelled to respond to him, and that will be a regrettable and possibly tanking loss for the show to take.
At the end of the day, if Comedy Central was going to hire a comedian to read the cue cards, I think they’ve made a big mistake by not hiring from the internal pool of established talent already on the show; Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Aasif Mandvi, Al Madrigal. Any one of those familiar faces could get the job done and they already have the viewers trust.
Making such a risky move the same year that Comedy Central lost “The Colbert Report” has left me scratching my head. I have loved “The Daily Show” for years and I really do hope there is some secret sauce to this whole thing and I’m proven wrong. I guess that only time will tell.
Just my 2¢
What do you think? Are you excited to see Trevor take over The Daily Show? Who would have been your top pick to replace Jon Stewart? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.