How John Oliver Paved the Way for Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

Norman Weiss

John Oliver paved the way for Trevor Noah on The Daily Show
It was a revelation when Oliver guest-hosted for Jon Stewart in the summer of 2013. The Daily Show had become predictable, says Tim Grierson, yet the foreign-born Oliver "couldn't help but view our mad, perplexing, arrogant, wonderful country with a sort of cockeyed bemusement … Oliver reminded us that we in the audience deserved our lumps alongside all the show's usual bogeymen." In his three appearances, Noah, too, "cannily played the smiling foreigner who was calling us out on our sh*t — but, you know, in a friendly way." As Grierson points out, Noah's hiring is part of the fake news' shift away from the "Oh, you crazy right wingers and media companies" shtick. PLUS: Comedy Central boss: Having 2 black late-night hosts is "not by design," Noah has only been doing comedy since 2007, a mixed-race host may be more relatable to younger viewers, how South Africans reacted to the news, and Noah is a great replacement because he can be himself, unlike most other Daily Show staffers.

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