The new set of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
As for what else to expect from the new-but-old Daily Show, Noah informed us that it will be a “big difference in the style, as opposed to a changing up of the actual structure.” He likened the transition to moving into a house and tweaking it to fit him, rather than demolishing it and starting over. But he also talked about the increased emphasis on digital content — comedian and author Baratunde Thurston (the author of How To Be Black) was recently hired as a supervising producer to oversee digital expansion — and his decision to have more musical guests. “It’s something I enjoy,” Noah said. “It’s a great way to end the week. It’s one of the big differences, really.” Ryan Adams will be the series’ first musical guest, on Friday’s episode, a choice that Noah thinks is highly reflective of the show’s new direction, based on 1989: “He’s taken something that was loved by many, cherished by many, and he’s created a new version of it for himself and people have gone, ‘Wow. This is actually amazing. We can still like Taylor Swift but we can also like Ryan Adams’.”
One of the biggest takeaways was, again, how Noah’s unique perspective — as an outsider, as a South African, as a person of mixed race — was going to lend itself to The Daily Show format. “As an outsider myself my whole life, I was mixed with different groups. I grew up mixed. I grew up in mixed environments. I’ve never been afraid to go into a different space and relate to those different people because I don’t have a place where I belong, so that means I belong everywhere.”
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres Monday, September 28 at 11 PM on Comedy Central.