Trevor Noah: Daily Show Will Focus Less on Fox News

By Mark Joyella 

When Trevor Noah takes over Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, viewers will note a few changes to the set design–and a shift in style. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour Wednesday, Noah said he’d spend less time talking about Fox News.

“The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah said. “That’s what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the Buzzfeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source—which was historically Fox News.”

Noah also said his comedy would be different from that of Jon Stewart, since their experiences are so different. “The way you look at comedy depends on your points of view. So Jon is a white 52-year-old Jewish guy that grew up in Jersey. I am a 31-year-old half-black half-white South African who has lived in America for a few years on and off. So the way we would look at the same story would be completely different.”