Trevor's Daily Show debut: the reviews are in

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 29 Sep 2015
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Trevor Noah made his much anticipated Daily Show debut in the US last night (28 September) and first impressions from international media are in.

We've put together a blitz of reviews from online publications who've reviewed the show. As you'd expect, the reviews are contrasting with a combo of predominantly good and not-so-good.

Tuck in...


"Noah straddled old and new in his debut, seeking to win over Stewart's longtime "Daily Show" fans while also trying to appeal to new viewers. "

Full review: Smooth start for Trevor Noah as he takes over The Daily Show.

The Guardian

"Noah had an average first night, neither killing it nor completely embarrassing himself."

Full review: The Daily Show review: Trevor Noah clears first night hurdles as host - but only just


"Right off the bat, you could easily see what Stewart and Comedy Central saw in the beaming young Noah. In addition to leading with great material, the comedian's delivery and charm were spot-on."

Full review: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: "Kevin Hart" Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Noah's debut was about being as broad and welcoming as possible, reassuring a nervous fanbase that even if the guy at the desk is more dimpled-and-dapper and even if the world is spinning in a different direction, it's still The Daily Show."

Full review: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah': TV Review

Entertainment Weekly

I laughed out loud maybe six times during Trevor Noah’s first Daily Show, which isn’t a lot and isn’t nothing."

Full review: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premiere: Young? Viral? Global?


"It was as though Noah knew that there’d be a wave of first-night reviews that would compare him negatively to Stewart, and sought to forestall the issue by referencing Stewart as frequently as possible."

Full review: Trevor Noah’s Daily Show Debut: Much Room to Grow for a Newcomer

TV Guide

"Jokes aside - and jokes considered - Noah's first show was largely a success, much like when Jon Stewart took a brief sojourn away from the show and John Oliver filled in."

Full review: 5 Things We Learned From Trevor Noah's Hilariously Successful Daily Show Debut

Deadline Hollywood

"So the writing and the delivery have a way to go, and how could they not? It was opening night. There were no fatalities."

Full review: Trevor Noah Takes Over ‘Daily Show’ And The Crowd Goes Mild – Review


"Noah’s debut found him looking more at ease and in command than he ever did as a correspondent, exhibiting a self-effacing streak about replacing Jon Stewart and a facility for selling jokes at the desk."

Full review: Trevor Noah Makes Smooth Transition Into ‘The Daily Show’ Host Role

"It'll take more than a single episode for Noah to feel like an authoritative newsreader, but he actually has a strange edge on Jon Stewart in one category: He truly resembles a bright-eyed, cheerily watchable CNN anchor."

Full review: How Trevor Noah imitates and sets himself apart from Jon Stewart

The Daily Beast

"The man replacing Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ opted for curses and dick jokes over keen observational humor in his first outing."

Full story: Trevor Noah’s Crude, Clumsy ‘Daily Show’ Debut

E! Online

"At first, Trevor Noah just looked wrong in that Daily Show chair, but literally ten seconds later, we were already feeling like he'd been there forever, and then we never wanted him to leave. 

Full review: Popemojis, Boehner Jokes & More: The 9 Best Lines From The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Premiere

Tune in to tonight's South African debut to see who you agree with. At 21h00 on Comedy Central.

Actors in this post: Trevor Noah

Shows in this post: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Channels in this post: Comedy Central


29 Sep 2015 14:10

Ease some reviews. Looking forward to tonight on Comedy Central 

30 Sep 2015 11:00

well done TREVOR ,, uve made us proud..

Zingaphy Zeeeeee
01 Oct 2015 08:41

Most ppl underestimate Trevor....Well then not evrybody was gonna lyk him but so far he's doing a great job. Mzansi is proud f u boy

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