A new era of The Daily Show begins Monday, and we now have a sneak peek of what it’ll look like.
During a Q&A with reporters on Friday, new host Trevor Noah gave a first look at the set. While the setup is similar to Jon Stewart’s, there are several new features that stand out: a logo with “TDS,” the skyline in the background, and a big touch screen. “You can touch it and it will tell you your heart rate,” Noah joked.
Stewart’s decision to donate his set to the Newseum meant Noah and his team had to start anew, building a space that offered more creative opportunities to work with correspondants and media and felt familiar.
“The most important thing for me was to try and find a place where we could design something that could be new and fresh but, at the same time, be reminiscent of The Daily Show,” Noah said. “I loved the old set – strangely, it felt like home.”
The new setup also means that Stewart’s J-shaped desk, which Noah was eager to take over, is gone. It’s replaced by a different design, though it doesn’t seem to be T- or N-shaped.
Noah recently announced his first week of guests, which include Kevin Hart and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.
Reporting by Ray Rahman