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Now that Trevor Noah has been named the next host of The Daily Show, it’s time to catch up on what he’s done on the show so far. His clip library isn’t extensive: Noah, the show’s “senior international correspondent,” has appeared three times since joining the series last year. In those segments, Noah knowledgeably deadpans as Stewart plays the role of ignorant American.
These clips, as EW‘s Kyle Anderson wrote this weekend, might be too low-key to give audiences a good sense of what Noah will do when he assumes the hosting gig. On the other hand, they also show how Noah, like Stewart, will be able to integrate comedy with a serious treatment of news.
Segment: “Spot the Africa”
In Noah’s first segment, Noah riffs on Americans’ misconceptions of Africa, showing Stewart photos and asking him to guess which one is from the U.S. and which one is from Africa. The answers are obviously not obvious.
Key joke: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in American than in South Africa. It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days back home.”
Segment: “Boko Haram in Nigeria”
Noah educates Stewart about the atrocities committed by Boko Haram, and the hypocrisy of ignoring the terrorist group’s acts.
Key joke: “Boko Haram must feel like Tyler Perry. Huge numbers but no recognition.”
Segment: “Chess News Roundup”
In the least effective of Noah’s segments, he comes on to chat with Stewart about the news that U.S. is trying to nab foreign chess players. The two also start a game of chess themselves.
Key joke: “You’ve got so many Dakotas. What is it? North, South, Fanning, Johnson. Leave some Dakota for the rest of us.”