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.
The HBO announcement to commission two more series of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, has ended rumors that the comedian may replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
John Oliver launched Last Week Tonight in 2014 after seven years as one of Jon Stewart’s sidekicks on The Daily Show.
He was mentioned as a possible new Daily Show host after Jon Stewart announced last week that he is to stand down.
The new HBO deal means John Oliver will present 35 episodes of Last Week Tonight per year in 2016 and 2017.
The announcement comes three days after his late-night chat show won the Writers’ Guild of America award for best comedy/variety series.
John Oliver rose to fame after joining The Daily Show as its Senior British Correspondent in 2006.
In 2013, John Oliver stood in for Jon Stewart for eight weeks while the host was shooting a film. John Oliver received positive reviews, with some critics suggesting he should eventually succeed Stewart.
Other possible contenders to replace Jon Stewart include Tina Fey, Jessica Williams and Amy Poehler.
“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said.
“His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”
In the first season of Last Week Tonight, which ended last November, John Oliver covered topics including net neutrality, Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws, Miss America, climate change and civil forfeiture abuse by the police.
The second series of 35 episodes began earlier this month. The show is produced by the US arm of Britain’s Avalon Television.
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.”
Patrick Stewart shared the story behind his Halloween lobster costume on TheDaily Show.
Patrick Stewart, 73, has become something of a social media sensation of late – especially when it comes to posting wacky things on his Twitter account.
The veteran actor caused a stir when he shared a picture of himself dressed as a lobster to wish his followers a happy Halloween.
Patrick Stewart has become something of a social media sensation with his Halloween lobster costume
Patrick Stewart opened with a poignant line about the Rob Ford and Rand Paul scandals that knocked Jon Stewart back. Jon Stewart quickly turned the conversation away from world politics because he wanted to know everything about the lobster costume.
Patrick Stewart’s Halloween getup has a sweet story behind it, but it still managed to earn him some blowback from the hardcore crustacean fanboy community on Twitter.
In real-life, Hugh Grant is a “big pain in the a**”, according to Jon Stewart.
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has gone so far as to say that Hugh Grant will never again be allowed on his show.
Hugh Grant was blasted by Jon Stewart for being rude to his staff and the show host says he will never be invited back.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey recently, Jon Stewart said: “He’s giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the a**. And we’ve had dictators on the show.”
Jon Stewart also revealed Hugh Grant complained about the clip of his flop movie Did You Hear About The Morgans?, which was played on the show, asking: “What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip” to which the host replied: “Well, then make a better f***ing movie.”
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has gone so far as to say that Hugh Grant will never again be allowed on his show
Hugh Grant welcomed his first child Tabitha last September after a “fleeting affair” with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong but insisted while he likes her “very much”, that she hasn’t changed his life.
He said: “(People) said never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting. But I am excited, actually.
“I thought, well, I’ll bluff through – but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much. Fantastic. Has she changed my life? I’m not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no. But I’m absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really am.
“And I feel a better person. There probably is some truth that one of our main functions on the planet is to reproduce, because it feels like more of an achievement than it should do.”
Jon Stewart’s interview with Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ mistress, on The Daily Show in January was more than a little awkward.
David Petraeus stepped down Friday after confessing to cheating on his wife of 37 years, Holly – calling his behavior “unacceptable” for a senior administration official.
But before all that, back in January, biographer-turned-mistress Paula Broadwell appeared on the show to pitch her book All In.
About three and a half minutes into the clip, Jon Stewart and Paula Broadwell talk about how the two got chummy while in Afghanistan.
While embedded, said Paula Broadwell, she and David Petraeus would go running in the mountainous Afghanistan capital of Kabul while interviewing Petreaus for her book.
But it started in Washington, D.C.
“I was among the students invited by the school to meet with the general at a dinner afterward, because of my military background,” she explained.
“I introduced myself to then–Lieutenant General Petraeus and told him about my research interests; he gave me his card and offered to put me in touch with other researchers and service members working on the same issues.”
Paula Broadwell added that this was not a one-off as he often “does a lot of mentoring”.
As she pursued her PhD in public policy in 2008, Paula Broadwell contacted David Petraeus to ask if she could interview him and they kept in touch via email.
“A few months into my research, General Petraeus, who was then leading Central Command, invited me to go for a run with him and his team along the Potomac River during one of his visits to Washington,” she wrote.
“I figured I could interview him while we ran.”
She explained that, after earning varsity letters in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track, she wanted to test him to see if he could keep up with her as she interviewed him.
“Instead it became a test for me,” Paula Broadwell she said.
“As we talked during the run from the Pentagon to the Washington Monument and back, Petraeus progressively increased the pace until the talk turned to heavy breathing and we reached a six-minute-per-mile pace. It was a signature Petraeus move.”
Paula Broadwell appeared in January on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote David Petraeus biography
She insisted that these mile-long runs together were nothing out of the ordinary.
“This is a typical mechanism for him to get to know young people,” she said.
“He’s done it throughout his life. That was the foundation of our relationship.”
Jon Stewart then asks if other people in his embed “resent [David Petraeus’] success” and reputation.
“He realizes he’s seen as an extremely ambitious individual. You want somebody who’s ambitious and driven, and who has a will to win. … He goes all-in to what he does.”
Apparently, Paula Broadwell, 40, goes “all in”, too.
Ambition is also second-nature to Paula Broadwell, who practically strives out loud.
According to her book, Paula Broadwell received a degree in political geography and systems engineering from West Point, where she was ranked No. 1 over all in fitness in her class. In high school, she was valedictorian and homecoming queen. She’s even been model for a machine gun manufacturer, reported The New York Times.
“I was driven when I was younger,” Paula Broadwell was quoted as saying on her official Web site, which was taken down Friday.
“Driven at West Point where it was much more competitive in that women were competing with men on many levels, and I was driven in the military and at Harvard, both competitive environments.
“But now, as a working mother of two, I realize it is more difficult to compete in certain areas. I think it is important for working moms to recognize that family is the most important.”
In her biography on the Penguin Speakers Bureau Web site says that she is a research associate at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She received a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
A self-described “soccer mom” and an Ironman triathlete, Paula Broadwell became a fixture on the Washington media scene after the publication of her book about David Petraeus. In a Twitter message this summer, she bragged about appearing on a panel at the Aspen Institute, a policy group.
“Heading 2 @AspenInstitute 4 the Security Forum tomorrow! Panel (media & terrorism) followed by a 1v1 run with Lance Armstrong,” she wrote.
At six minutes into the chat, Paula Broadwell brings up her husband, Dr. Scott Broadwell, when discussing whether or not David Petreaus would run for president.
“My husband wants me to say he is, because it’ll sell more books,” she says.
“I’m sorry, honey! I couldn’t do it!”
“That was the most awesome sellout I’ve ever seen in my life,” Jon Stewart says.
“So integrity’s running in the whole family, I guess.”
Jon Stewart summed up Paula Broadwell’s book by saying: “I would say the real controversy here is, is he awesome or incredibly awesome?”
A short time later, according to The New York Times, Paula Broadwell challenged Jon Stewart to a push-up contest, which she won handily. Jon Stewart had to pay $1,000 to a veterans’ support group for each push-up she did beyond his total. Paula Broadwell said that he wrote a check for $20,000 on the spot.