There was no pressure on new Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Monday night or anything. All he was doing was taking over the show from Jon Stewart after 12 years, 1,963 episodes and 14 Emmy awards. So really, he had zero reason to be nervous… said no one ever.
The good news is that Noah played the whole thing off like he’d been doing it his whole life, even though many people had to look up who he was when he was offered the hosting gig. The result? A slightly nervous host with a boyish grin who was as charming as his predecessor. Some proof:
1. He admitted he was nervous
The “humbled” South African boy admitted there are two things he never thought would happen to him in life: having an “indoor toilet” and hosting The Daily Show. “I’m comfortable with one of those things,” he said.
2. There was no shortage of honouring Jon Stewart
Noah referred to Stewart as the “political dad” of the show, admitting it was weird to be sitting in his seat. “I’m like the new stepdad. And he’s black. Which is not ideal,” Noah joked.
3. Or the fact that there’s no women doing these jobs yet
Why wasn’t a woman offered the job, Noah said he was asked a bunch of times before taking the seat. “They offered this to a woman. She didn’t want it.” Same went for Americans, apparently. Which to Noah, meant “an immigrant” was once again doing a job “that no Americans want.”
4. We’re still full of bullshit
Anyone afraid that Noah was going to pull those punches could rest assured after the first 20 minutes. “Thank you for joining us, as we continue the war on bullshit,” he stated with full confidence.
5. No one is safe. Not even the Pope
We thought things were fairly kosher during Noah’s bits about the Pope visiting the States, especially when he was talking about the new “pope-mojis” people had released as a gift for the “guy who has everything.” And then… “I’m saying the Pope has a huge c–k.”
This also marked Noah’s first ever on-air bleep. We wonder how much that cost the network?!
6. Noah is definitely jumping — not toeing — that line
We thought the Pope was risque… but then there was an AIDS joke and a Whitney Houston jab in there too. “What… too soon?” Noah quipped.
7. We got a John Boehner (moment)
No one can say this guy’s name right, but since “the bouncer at club congress” resigned this week (a day after the Pope visited him), Noah got out all of his Boehner jokes on the first show (“I just got here!”), and we were eternally grateful for every. single. one of them.
7. The correspondent banter
We were tickled when Jordan Klepper was the first correspondent of the night, and did a bit with Noah about all of the pressure on the “new boss,” who had a lot to live up to. Of course they were still talking about Boehner, but the subtext quickly turned into Klepper needing to know if he should sell his house because he wasn’t sure if the new boss could lead the ship. Ahem, Noah.
8. The new correspondent banter
We have no idea where this “Senior Mars Correspondent” Roy Wood Jr. came from, but we want to keep him. His deadpan humour coupled with Noah’s warm approach were ridiculously complementary.
9. Noah’s man-crushing
If we’re being totally honest, we’d love to see Noah brush up on his interviewing skills as his butt gets more comfortable in that chair. However, we also loved how he was crushing over first guest Kevin Hart‘s Instagram pictures and workout regime.
Also, Noah managed to talk about “Mitches” (man-b—ches) and pulled this poignant quote from his guest:
“It’s your job to make that environment as intimate as possible.”
Well we say Noah did just fine in that regard.