Last night, Trevor Noah’s interview with outspoken conservative pundit Tomi Lahren showed that Noah can own The Daily Show with his own voice that’s distinctly different from Jon Stewart.
In transitioning from the cultural institution that was The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, many different strategies have been employed in having Trevor Noah take the baton successfully from Stewart.
Accomplishing that has been tricky, to say the least, with the departure of longtime favorites Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver to do their own late night show elsewhere and having much of America meeting Noah for the first time as a host of The Daily Show rather than the insanely popular, globe trotting comedian first.
In an interview that reaches almost 30 minutes, Trevor might have found the groove that will see him through as the host and these upcoming years of the Trump Administration.
It’s not Stewart’s famous takedown of Jim Mad Money Cramer, but that’s not what suits Noah. Instead, poise and calm let him have a rational debate with the fiery Lahren and gave room to pick apart her arguments at his pace with the occasional satirical poke here and there. It’s engaging on Noah’s terms and might be precedent for more counterpoint-type guests for him in the future.
Watch and see for yourself in full, extended interview at the link above.