Trevor Noah made his debut as The Daily Show host, replacing Jon Stewart who left last month.
The show’s new host is best known as a stand-up comedian, but also made several appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent.
Trevor Noah, 31, has had a mixed reception from critics after his first show as a host.
The South African comedian made a “smooth transition” into the role on Comedy Central’s satirical news show, according to Variety.
Deadline called the evening “mostly inoffensive but also mostly flat”.
TV columnist Brian Lowry said he looked “more at ease and in command than he ever did as a correspondent”.
Jon Stewart stepped down after 16 years at the helm of the influential show and Trevor Noah’s appointment was announced in March.
“No memories of Stewart and his storied reign have been usurped or replaced,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.
“Nor, however, have they been sullied.”
Trevor Noah’s opening monologue kicked off with a joke about growing up on the dusty streets of South Africa, where his only two dreams were hosting The Daily Show and having an indoor toilet.
“Now I have both. And I’m quite comfortable with one of them,” he said.
Paying tribute to Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah said: “He was often our voice, our refuge and in many ways our political dad,” before joking, “Now it feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he’s black. Which is not ideal.”
This week’s guests are Whitney Wolfe, the CEO of dating site Bumble and co-founder of Tinder, the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie and musician Ryan Adams – who last week released an album of cover versions based on Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.
Jon Stewart has hosted his final broadcast of The Daily Show on August 6.
A host of stars joined Jon Stewart for the final show, including Bruce Springsteen.
There were also video messages from Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican Senator John McCain.
Jon Stewart took over the show in 1999 and established himself as one of the most influential satirists in the US and the voice of liberal America.
He is being replaced by the South African comedian Trevor Noah.
The Daily Show, broadcast on Comedy Central, has often been cited as a leading news source for young people, with an average audience of one million viewers.
In his final monologue, Jon Stewart thanked colleagues, fans and family.
“Nothing ends. It’s just a continuation. It’s a pause in the conversation,” he said.
“So rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say I’m gonna go get a drink,” he said.
The Daily Show has also helped to launch several well-known comic performers, including Steve Carell and John Oliver, as well as Stephen Colbert who is to be David Letterman’s replacement on CBS’s Late Show.
The hashtag #JonVoyage was trending on Twitter as Jon Stewart bid farewell to the Daily Show, with famous fans paying tribute, including President Barack Obama.
However, for John McCain, it was a chance for a spot of gentle revenge. Jon Stewart had once mocked him using a puppet resembling the Republican senator.
Jon Stewart will leave Comedy Central’s The Daily Show later this year.
The comedian said it had “been an absolute privilege” to have been at the helm of the satirical show since 1999.
Jon Stewart will leave the show later this year.
“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you,” he told his audience on February 10.
Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless paid tribute, saying: “His comedic brilliance is second to none.”
Jon Stewart’s show has often been cited as a leading news source for young people, with an average audience of one million viewers.
His targets – and his guests – have been politicians and public figures, addressed in tones that are often indignant, or teasing.
The Daily Show has also been a launch pad for several well-known comic performers, including Steve Carell and John Oliver, as well as Stephen Colbert.
“I’m going to miss being on television every day,” Jon Stewart said.
“I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here. They’re creative and collaborative and kind.
“It’s been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, for hate-watching it, whatever reason you are tuning in for.”
Jon Stewart said he was not sure exactly when he would leave, or what he would do next.
In 2013, the comdien took time out to direct a film, Rosewater, about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned and accused of spying.
“I don’t have any specific plans,” he said.
“Got a lot of ideas, got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people.”
Comedy Central has not said who will replace Jon Stewart.
His departure comes after the network lost Stephen Colbert, another major comedy figure, who left to take over David Letterman’s late night show on CBS.
In a statement, Michele Ganeless said: “Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come.
“Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert will succeed Late Show host David Letterman upon his retirement in 2015, CBS has said.
Stephen Colbert, 49, is host of acclaimed late-night satire program The Colbert Report.
David Letterman, 66, said last week he was retiring after 21 years hosting the CBS show and 11 years on NBC’s Late Night.
On his show, Stephen Colbert plays a satirical version of himself to mock right-wing pundits. He has suggested he will retire the character for the new show.
Stephen Colbert will succeed Late Show host David Letterman upon his retirement in 2015 (photo CBS)
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president Leslie Moonves wrote in a statement following the announcement.
“David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”
Stephen Colbert’s biting brand of satire has drawn critical acclaim as well as provoking ire, often from the Republicans and conservatives he skewers.
Recently he was attacked on social media for a joke some viewed as disparaging toward Asian Americans but which he meant as a satirical jab at the owner of the Washington Redskins American football team.
Of his hiring to the Late Show top spot, Stephen Colbert said, “simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career.”
“I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”