Recap: Trevor Noah’s pre-TCA stand-up set shows that he just wants to be your teddy bear

Trevor Noah is essentially the Barack Obama of comedy. He’s stylish, charming, and statuesque, with an impossibly broad smile. He’s biracial and has strong African roots, enabling him to tackle the subject of race without being as frequently accused of racial animus. As the host-elect of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, he’s a fresh face hoping to turn his youth and inexperience into his biggest selling points. Noah also does a downright tuneful rendition of “Amazing Grace,” one of the tricks he displayed at an hour-plus stand-up set Tuesday night.

Noah appeared at the The Broad Stage, a 499-seat theater in Santa Monica, just hours ahead of his panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, the latest formality in his ascension to the Daily Show chair soon to be vacated by the venerable Jon Stewart. The set was enjoyable, but it wasn’t transcedent, or …

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