Trevor Noah enters softly into The Daily Show's 'beautiful house'

Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:24am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you want to get a flavor of Trevor Noah's "The Daily Show," just take a look at his first guests - especially singer Ryan Adams.

Not only is Adams an alternative musician, poet and painter, but he's also just released an innovative cover version of Taylor Swift's best-selling album "1989."

"He has taken something that was loved and cherished by many and created a new version of it for himself. And people have gone 'Wow! That is actually amazing'," Noah told reporters.

That's just what the 31 year-old South African-born comedian hopes to do with "The Daily Show" as he steps on Monday into the role vacated in August after 16 years by the popular Jon Stewart.

Noah moved to the United States in 2011 and remains largely an unknown quantity to most Americans despite his eight months as a contributor to the satirical Comedy Central late night program during Stewart's reign.

He knows the pressure is on but plans to take things slowly, saying there will be changes in style rather than structure.

"I look at 'The Daily Show' as a beautiful house I have inherited... I don't plan to break anything initially," he said.

But there will be more music and a wider range of guests, all of which were carefully chosen in the opening week to embody the new tone of the show, Noah said.   Continued...

Television personality Jon Stewart (L) poses with actor Trevor Noah at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni