Critics unpack 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

The 31-year-old had a dream debut in his first episode as host of 'The Daily Show'.

FILE: Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central’s 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' on 28 September, 2015 in New York City. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite successfully hosting his first episode of The Daily Show, like any newcomer there has been continued skepticism over Trevor Noah's abilities as a comic, more so on an international stage.

While he has 'nailed it' according to most, global critics seem less approving of his delivery, suggesting that it all lacked a sense of newness.

Time Magazine's Daniel D'Addario :

"There were jokes, occasionally, but the whole thing was suffused with the sort of reverence that's antithetical to comedy. Granted, the show was only the first iteration of a series that, hopefully, will substantially grow beyond Stewart's influence. But the moments that didn't talk about Stewart were stripped of any real point-of-view. Noah was erratically scathing at times (making random jokes about AIDS victims and the death of Whitney Houston) and utterly toothless at others"

The Hollywood Reporter 's Daniel Fienberg :

"The truth is that The Daily Show With Trevor Noah was, in most ways, just The Daily Show, confirming the futility of trying to review any late-night program, especially one replacing an unimpeachable juggernaut… For his debut, Noah was giving the Daily Show audience his version of what they expected, with the unspoken certainty that he will eventually steer this ship toward whatever he's genuinely passionate about…"

Mashable's Hillary Busis :

"The only really notable difference, besides the guy sitting behind the desk, may be that TDS's slightly tweaked opening credits now feature a globe that spins the right way."

The Guardian's Byran Moylan congratulated Noah for surviving his debut, but he believes the delivery was 'sloppy' in some instances:

"…the segments in which Noah broached current news events, always where Stewart shone brightest, too often failed to hit their mark. Yes, Noah mined some clever material from the Pope's US visit and Speaker of the House John Boehner's resignation, but there were more than a few clunkers. Especially bad was a joke about the Pope 'undercompensating' by driving a small car. 'I'm saying the Pope has a huge cock', Noah had to explain.

And then there was an absolute groaner about Boehner being the bouncer at 'Club Congress' which is a boring club because 'everyone has AIDS', explaining his pun on 'aides'.

Having to elucidate two punchlines in rapid succession, even if that is part of the joke, just seems a bit sloppy."

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South Africans can see the show tonight on Comedy Central at 9pm.