Trevor Noah, who went from being an unknown amount to American TV viewers to a sensible, satirical voice on Comedy Central, signed off from “The Daily Show” for the ultimate time Thursday.
Noah was reflective and subdued in entrance of a reside viewers on the studio on Manhattan’s West Facet the place the present is taped, typically talking at size a few seven-year sojourn that started when Jon Stewart handed over the host chair of the influential comedy speak present.
Stewart welcomed Noah into the fold in late 2014 after his producers introduced the South African native’s comedy to his consideration. 9 months later he grew to become this system’s third host as Stewart moved on.
“It was a wild journey,” Noah mentioned on his present. “The craziest journey I didn’t predict, I didn’t expect.”
The comic was not extensively recognized within the U.S. Being Black and never from the U.S. — or the U.Ok. — made him a rarity in late-night TV. Noah famous how when he began internet hosting after Stewart’s wildly profitable 17-year run, Comedy Central was unable to fill the seats within the studio viewers.
Noah introduced a extra world view to this system (early in his run he memorably made traditionally biting comparisons of Donald Trump to African dictators). Whereas scores for “The Daily Show” declined, as viewers moved away from watching conventional TV in favor of streaming, the median age of this system’s viewers acquired youthful whereas Noah was on the helm.
Youthful viewers seemingly acquired to know Noah by way of social media sharing of his clips. Because of this he developed a powerful following that can proceed to fill live performance arenas and drive streaming numbers for comedy specials.
“I don’t take it for granted ever,” he mentioned.
The comedian’s eyes have been dry on the last taping till the very finish of his monologue — greater than quarter-hour with out the usage of a TelePrompTer — when he thanked Black girls for educating him and for what he believes is their capability to steer the remainder of the nation out of the wilderness on essential issues.
“Who do you think shaped me, nourished me and formed me from my mom, my gram, my aunt — all these Black women in my life. But then in America as well — I always tell people if you truly want to learn about America, talk to Black women. … Black women can’t afford to f— around and find out. Black people understand how hard it is when things go bad, Black people know that it gets worse for them.”
“They are a lot of the reason why I’m here,” he added.
Noah give every of “The Daily Show” correspondents — Roy Wooden, Jr., Desi Lydic, Ronnie Chieng, Michael Costa and Dulcé Sloan, together with contributor Jordan Klepper — an opportunity to poke enjoyable on the host yet another time. However throughout a industrial break they gathered in a heat embrace and posed for a last photograph with the host.
As host, Noah was extra private and reflective than Stewart, who delivered his commentary in a stand-up shtick fashion, and it got here by way of within the final present. As an alternative of a big-name visitor to complete out, his last dialog at “The Daily Show” desk was with pal and fellow comic Neal Brennan.
Noting that Stewart’s finale had Bruce Springsteen, Brennan mentioned, “When I found out the last guest was me, even I was disappointed.”
As a shock “Moment of Zen” shut, producers organized for the viewers to face and serenade Noah with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — re-creating a ritual for Liverpool FC gamers after they depart the pitch for a last time. (Noah, a rabid Liverpool fan, started hugging stage crew members when the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune performed).
Noah’s alternative to go away “The Daily Show” after solely seven years can be a sign that the newer technology of late-night hosts now not really feel the should be on the topical comedy conveyor belt indefinitely. Predecessors equivalent to Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien hung round for many years.
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel — in his nineteenth season — is the longest-running late night time host. Jimmy Fallon has helmed NBC’s “The Tonight Show” since 2014, whereas Stephen Colbert has been a late-night stalwart since 2005, first on “The Colbert Report” for Comedy Central and CBS’s “The Late Show” beginning in 2015.
No alternative has been named for Noah on “The Daily Show.” When this system returns from hiatus on Jan. 17, it’s going to flip to friends hosts together with Al Franken, Chelsea Handler, D. L. Hughley, Leslie Jones, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Marlon Wayans.