How will Trevor Noah do as Jon Stewart’s replacement on "The Daily Show"? We’ll find out on September 28, 2015, which is the date that Comedy Central has announced as the day that Noah, the South African comedian tapped in March as the show’s new host, will make his debut. It’s a Monday night by the way. Stewart’s final appearance will happen on August 6.
No word yet on who his first guest(s) will be.
Following the announcement of Noah’s hiring, he was subjected to expected scrutiny via the web, as some scoured his past work and his social media accounts for information about the comedian, finding a number of posts on his Twitter account that they deemed to be offensive, to women and Jews.
Noah and Comedy Central I’m sure expected this. I’d suspect that Comedy Central vetted him thoroughly before they selected him as Stewart’s successor, and were likely very ready for the onslaught of criticism that would follow.
The network had to eventually release a statement in response to the fracas, stating: "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."
Clearly a vote of support from the network, implying that he’s not going anywhere, despite the negative press over reactions to his past tweets.
A Twitter member since 2009, Noah has accumulated more than two million followers, and is known for his irreverent posts on popular culture, global politics and matters of race. As with many comedians, his jokes do push the boundaries of what is accepted as "socially permissible," and what’s considered in "bad taste."
But he’s an equal opportunity social critique, meaning, no one person or group is off limits.
And although many have criticized Noah, suggesting that he may not be the right man for the job, Comedy Central clearly isn’t concerned, given their response above – essentially a declaration of support for the comedian, who will fill Jon Stewart’s seat after he exits as host of the satirical news series.
But really, is there a comedian worth their salt today, who may have been on Comedy Central’s short list of candidates for the job, who hasn’t said anything publicly that someone somewhere would find offensive? Isn’t that kind of expected?
I think, in time, much of this will be history, and we’ll all move on eventually. Unless something really damning surfaces. But, again, I suspect that Comedy Central thoroughly vetted him before handing him the keys to the kingdom.
So mark your calendars – September 28.
Comedy Central also released an early promo for Noah’s regime, which is embedded below: