Tonight was the debut episode of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the South African comedian plucked from relative obscurity to replace Jon Stewart. If you liked that Daily Show, this one has some very good news for you: it’s basically the same!
Most of Stewart’s writing staff stayed along to, at the very least, bridge the gap between two distant television personalities, and the inaugural episode of the show’s new era reflected that. Noah opened with some pope jokes that sounded like Jon Stewart bits delivered by an extremely handsome man with an accent.
There were of course references to the oddity of the situation—how this man of all people ended up hosting this show of all shows. The novelty those jokes subsist on will wear off soon, but in the meantime they were cute and endearing.
It could have been a lot worse.