TCA: Noah to Bring New Perspective to 'Daily Show'

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah says he will bring a different perspective to the late night show, but will not look to make a major overhaul.

Noah, who spoke during Comedy Central’s Television Critics Association press tour session Wednesday (July 29), said he will provide a different slant to stories than his predecessor, Jon Stewart, when he takes over for the longtime Daily Show host, but will not change the focus of the show.

The biracial 31-year old South African comedian said he draws his opinions from his life’s experiences, and perspectives will come through during the show, but he doesn’t plan to make any major changes to the look or the set.

“The way we tackle stories will be different,” Noah said.  “I still want the show to be recognized as The Daily Show.”

Kent Alterman, president of original programming for Comedy Central, told Multichannel News, “He is going to bring his point of view, but not imposing it in some way, but meshing it into the creative staff.”

Alterman said during the panel that the network “will be forever in debt” to Stewart for his stewardship of The Daily Show.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.