Reviewing the first episode of a late-night show’s new host can, admittedly, be a pointless exercise. It’s so hard to judge what will often amount to years and years of a program based on one 22- or 44-minute episode, especially when it’s clear the host is still feeling out their new home, playing around to see what works, and trying to hide those first-night jitters. Trevor Noah, however, was all confidence from the first moment.
“I Don’t Have a Place Where I Belong, So I Belong Everywhere”: Trevor Noah on What to Expect From His ‘Daily Show’
NEW YORK — At a press reception for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the new host and a group of Emmy Award-winning producers previewed the upcoming series, noting that it was simultaneously a new iteration of The Daily Show and also still very much The Daily Show that we’ve grown to love. Trevor Noah talked about how he would strike a balance between international and national coverage, the changes we should expect, and his “romance” with Rand Paul.
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