Trevor Noah silences critics with debut on 'The Daily Show'

In his first show, Noah kept much of what worked for previous host, Jon Stewart.

South African comedian marked a dream start as new host of 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central.

NEW YORK - Fellow comedians and TV critics alike kept a close eye on Trevor Noah as he made his debut as the new host of The Daily Show.

In his first show, the South African comedian kept much of what worked for the series' previous host, Jon Stewart.

Noah wrapped his first ever episode at 6am SA time.

In initial reports following the show, TV critics noted that Noah didn't rock the boat or chair that he inherited from Stewart.

Noah kept the show's format as it has been and also ended with 'The Moment of Zen', a hallmark of Stewart's tenure.

But he did speak about where he's from, something Noah has said before he will use to drive him.

Noah opened the show with a touching tribute to Stewart and said the whole experience has been surreal and said his predecessor taught him well.

"Truth is now I'm in the chair and I can only assume that this is strange for you as it is for me. Jon Stewart was more than just a late night host, he was often our voice, our refuge and in many ways our political dad.

"And it's weird because dad has left. And now it feels like the family has a new stepdad…and he's black."

Comedians like Late Night Show host James Corden tweeted their support of Noah after the show.

Loving watching @Trevornoah killing it on @TheDailyShow

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


So proud of our homeboy #TrevorNoah and his amazing debut on #TheDailyShow can't wait to see the rest of it tonight!

Love it, @Trevornoah punting #SouthAfrica on #TheDailyShow, with @KevinHart4real who will be performing in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban.

. @trevornoah understands. #TheDailyShow

A proud South African living in the U.S. Well done @Trevornoah may there be many more great shows! #DailyShow 🇿🇦🇿🇦

Everybody on the East coast turn to @ComedyCentral right now & watch yours truly & new host @Trevornoah on "The Daily Show" LETS GOOOOO

@KevinHart4real and @Trevornoah two great comedians putting on for us up and coming guys #DOPE

@Trevornoah was pretty unflappable right out of the gate. Not Jon Stewart but still: Many of my #DailyShow fears = quashed.

20 min. to the new The Daily Show- Just set up my series recording! #TDSWTN