Tonight, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will premiere across all Viacom stations. It’s a big step in the evolution of the show. While previous host, Jon Stewart wasn’t the first host of the show, he certainly was the most influential, solidifying the look and feel of the show and bringing it to the cultural spotlight of country. Let’s make no mistake about it, Noah and crew have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task by any means.
Last Friday we attended a preview of the new set and attended a Q&A with Noah, TDS producers, and The Best Fucking News Team to find out what we can expect from the new show, here’s what we learned.
Comedy is still the focus.
It sounds so funny to have to reiterate this information but Noah stressed that the show will still focus on comedy. Noah stated that his comedy heroes include Chris Rock, Louis C.K., and Dave Chappelle as he’s always been a fan of Chappelle’s view of the world and how he tells a story. While politics and news are what the show is mocking, it still should not be seen as the go to show for political news.
The Daily Show set 2.0
The Daily Show set is still one for the show but has been given some upgrades. Particluarly a space that can hold band performances, screens to show information, and a fresh logo. Noah stated it’s important to “try and find a place where we could design something that is new and fresh but also reminiscent of The Daily Show,” the host stated. Later stating “The Daily Show is like this “beautiful house he inherited.” Stating that they might knock down a wall, add some paint, or furniture, but it would still be The Daily Show and have that foundation. Adding, “I wanted something that would still remind me of that place, but also show that something has changed.” So the technology is updated, he joked, “one of those screens you can touch and it will tell your heartbeat.”
There will be more musical guests on the show
Jon Stewart liked music and had musicians on. But Noah stated that they planned on having more musicians on the show. Wanting to find acts that were interesting yet not always the most popular. When asked about the first musical guest, Ryan Adams, Noah stated that they chose Adams because he’s an indie-leaning artist who, with his recent covers album of Taylor Swift’s 1989, “He’s taken something that was loved by many, cherished by many, and he’s created a new version of it for himself. And people have gone ‘wow, this is actually amazing. We can still like Taylor Swift, but we can also like Ryan Adams.'”
There will be a larger focus on the web
When it was announced that the show hired Baruntunde Thurston as a supervising producer of the show, it was a definitive declaration that the show would put a healthy focus the web and digital trends. Noah confirmed this by praising Thurston’s knowledge of web trends stating that he’ll help the show create content that’s native to digital platforms.
Noah is progressive, yet naive about American Politics
Noah didn’t state his political affiliation but did say he was a progressive person. Not politically but when it came to gay rights and immigration reform and wherever those ideaologies fell within a political party, that’s where they fell. Noah also stated that he does not have complete in an out knowledge of American politics and his naive approach to them will allow for some really interesting conversation. Case in point while watching the Republican debate, Noah stated that Rand Paul made some particularly calm and rational points. He was then promptly reminded by some producers on his team that Paul will, “break your heart.” Noah believes a discovery on the show will allow for great television. Noah added, “He did seem thoughtful, and I think that’s progression for me.” But he did later add that the reason we love folks like Donald Trump because he’s the loudest stating, “It’s like walking through the streets of New York. It’s hard to remember every normal person because of the guy screaming at you from the corner. You remember that guy.” Noah summed up the entire thoughts on Paul by stating, “It’s one of those interesting situations where I get to forge my own relationships. I get to discover the person that I will grow to loathe and hate — and [they] may not be on Fox News.”
Cable News isn’t the only place they will pull satire
Stewart and co. mined cable news for gold every night for nearly 16 years. While Noah still plans to do that, he’s also well aware that news and stories are coming from the web and social media just as much. So they aren’t determining FOX news as a direct target rather letting news break as it may and figure out a way to share that information on the show by means relevant to social and web. When asked why he didn’t have a focus he added, if one “had a target, then you have blinders on.”
His entire life prepared him to discuss American race relations
Noah is of mixed race and was born in South Africa during apartheid, which he feels helps him discuss race in America. “I found, traveling around the world, that America was the one place where I innately understood what was happening.” Adding “South Africa and the United States have a very similar history. It’s different timelines, but the directions we’ve taken, the consequences, dealing with the aftermath of what we then think is the beginning of democracy, and then realizing that’s just the first step.” Noah feels that freedom is, “the beginning of the conversation — that’s something that I’ve learned on both sides of the world.”
There you have it. Tonight, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres at 11pm ET on Comedy Central. Tune in and see it all go do.