Trevor Noah in a short promotional video relaeasd by Comedy Central, with him is colleagues, Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper. Picture: YouTube

As the countdown begins for South African comedy giant Trevor Noah to take over the reins as host of The Daily Show, he promises minimal changes during his tenure.

In a short promotional video released by cable network Comedy Central this week, Noah reassures his colleagues that there won’t be too many adjustments to the popular American satirical show when he takes over at the end of the month.

The insert shows his three colleagues, Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper, trying to impress him with South African themed attire, including a rugby ball, a cricket bat and a vuvuzela.

“We can scrum down,” says Minhaj as he clutches the ball.

“It’s still The Daily Show, nothing is going to change,” a dapper-looking Noah responds.

His colleagues then attempt to impress him with South African jargon. “A zebra shouldn’t change his stripes,” says Williams.

But the comedian quickly stops them in their tracks and corrects their pronunciation. “It’s zebra, not zeebra,” he emphasises.



Noah will begin his hosting duties on the show, which is popular with viewers throughout the world, on September 28.

He takes over from Jon Stewart, whose last show was on August 6. Stewart hosted the programme for 16 years, while Noah joined the production as a contributor late last year.

This video forms part of a series recently released by Comedy Central to promote Noah as the new host.

Last month, another teaser showed Noah confidently walking into The Daily Show studio while rapper Kanye West’s song Power played in the background.

As he began to take a seat on a swivel chair, the words “same chair” popped up on the screen.

And as the comedian got comfortable, the words “different ass” were displayed on it.

In May, another video showed Noah making himself comfortable in his predecessor’s swivel chair, but he soon jumped up when Stewart sneaked up on him.

Noah, largely well received, has faced his fair share of controversy.

Shortly after his appointment, he faced criticism for comments he made on Twitter about Jewish people and women.

But the comedian played down the hype and tweeted: “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character – nor my evolution as a comedian.”


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