TV Club: Cautious Trevor Noah brings The Daily Show back with nary a scratch or dent

One of the first jokes of Trevor Noah’s Daily Show tenure was a holdover from the new host’s not-for-broadcast test shows. Describing his predecessor, Jon Stewart, as “our political dad,” Noah pointed out the obvious. “It’s weird because Dad has left. Now it feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he’s black.”

Indicative though the joke may be of Noah’s rascally comedic sensibility—also indicative: the dimple formed by his shit-eating grin, a deep well of “Ain’t I a stinker?”charm—its analogy isn’t entirely accurate. Trevor’s not the stepdad in this scenario; he’s the kid who’s been left with dad’s really cool, very valuable car. Any modifications to the vehicle are so far superficial; in his inaugural turn at the wheel of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, he didn’t take the car out on …

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