The Daily Show with Trevor Noah‘s first teaser trailer debuted today and it’s stylish, fun, and somewhat irreverant.
The teaser doesn’t reveal much other than Noah’s dapper suit, someone likes Kanye’s Power, and that same someone is having a little fun with Stewart’s lack of height. But what does it tell us?
Different A** = A Perspective Shift
At the TV Critics Association summer press tour, Noah stated the basics.
“The show still has its voice. It’s just that I’m at the helm.”
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 18, 2015
Later, he went on to elaborate about a specific change.
“News is changing. The way people are absorbing their news in soundbites and headlines, little click links… The biggest challenge [is] how do we bring all of that together, looking at it through a bigger lens, as opposed to just going after one course, which was historically Fox News.”
But what is Noah’s perspective? All we have to go on are his stints on The Daily Show as a senior international correspondent where he shows good comedic timing in his banter with Stewart about the differences between South Africa and America…
… and his stand-up which he was invited to debut on the U.K.’s prestigious Royal Variety Show last year.
And There Will Be A Slightly Different Set
The chair may be the same but the set will be, at least slightly, different.
“In terms of the show, physically, we’re obviously changing the sets a tiny bit.”
From what we see of the set it’s lost it’s red and blue and gone monochromatic.
These physical and viewpoint changes are a good way for Noah to make a mark that belongs specifically to him. Stewart did leave big shoes to fill and maybe the only way Trevor can be successful as his replacement is if he actually doesn’t try to fill them but instead creates his own way forward.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 18, 2015
Is Noah another Jon Stewart? No, he’s not. But is he smart and funny? His bits as senior international correspondent on the show and his stand-up prove that he is. Only time will tell whether his a** in Stewart’s chair will translate into the same kind of love the show had while Jon was the reigning host.
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