Comedy Central's The Daily Show is now a gold standard for late-night comedy. It was originally aired in 1996 with presenter Greg Kilborn. When Jon Stewart hosted the hosting in 1999, it reached its peak.
Stewart was known for his bold, politically bold style and shocked fans and critics alike when he announced his retirement from the show in 2015. At that time, hosting was turned over to newcomer Trevor Noah, who has since become a standalone comedy Star has become.
The transition from an experienced, popular American host to a South African most people have never heard of. It was expected to be turbulent. But Noah handled it with grace and style. We now know that Stewart left him some words of farewell to wisdom to help him along the way.
Jon Stewart warned Trevor Noah to follow in his footsteps.
Trevor Noah was one of those people who were shocked to hear Stewart's departure. After all, The Daily Show became more popular and averaged 1.5 million viewers per night when the announcement came.
Jon Stewart's exit triggered a sharp drop in viewership. This left Noah with significantly fewer people to see him in his early role on the show.
Brian Stelter, a media correspondent for CNN, insisted that people should not look too deeply into the drop. He noted that even at the beginning of the show, Stewart did not have such a large fanbase. "Replacing a legend deserves years, not months, to get involved and make it your own show," Stelter noted. "On the whole, Trevor deserves the same thing Jon Stewart earned: time."
What Trevor Noah should do with this time was the question, and Stewart had an answer. Noah worked on the show when Stewart announced that he would leave. He went to Stewart to ask why he wanted to leave the show.
Stewart told him that he had no fun anymore and was angry all the time. He advised Noah to enjoy the comedy as long as he could: "Rejoice that you can joke about these things, because at some point you'll be too mad to laugh. But do not hurry to get there. "
Trevor Noah's confidence was strengthened by Jon Stewart's kind words.
Jon Stewart felt burned out and ready for change, but he wanted to pass on the torch with support and friendliness in mind. Noah noticed that Stewart not only warned him about the burnout, but also filled him with confidence. "First, he told me his shoes are smaller than mine, so I should not have any problems filling them," Trevor Noah commented.
Perhaps it was the trust of an experienced host into a freshman that enabled Noah to survive the slump in early ratings. In 2019, Trevor Noah's The Daily Show experienced historic growth and rapid success. This included 700 million cross-platform Q1 calls and the announcement of a comedy tour.
Jon Stewart continues on his way
While Jon Stewart has in many ways disappeared from the limelight, he continues on his path for Noah and other comedic newcomers who deal with politics and hard issues. Today he is known for his commitment and his lobbying. He has also worked behind the camera, but his finger on the pulse of American politics. His work as a director of the political comedy film Irresistible is a way for him to participate in his passion projects, without having to concentrate every evening on a political show.
Obviously, his advice to Noah pays off to a high degree. His constant presence in his most important political areas shows other celebrities how to retreat without disappearing.