NEW YORK (CBSDC) — Trevor Noah didn’t hold back on his first show as host of “The Daily Show,” touching on race, politics and the pope.
Noah admitted feeling nervous replacing the legendary Jon Stewart, calling it a “surreal” experience.
“Now I’m in the chair and I can only assume that this as 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. It’s weird because dad has left, and now it feels like the family has a new stepdad, and he’s black, which is not ideal,” the South African comedian said to uproarious laughter.
Noah touched on the fact that others – allegedly — were asked to take over “The Daily Show.”
“I also know that many people have questions. For example, why isn’t a woman hosting the show because surely it’s about time? It turns out Comedy Central did ask women to host and the women they asked turned down the job because they all had better things to do and clearly knew something I didn’t,” he said to applause.
Noah continued, “Also, why didn’t they get an American to host? And again, Comedy Central tried and those people also declined. So once more, a job Americans rejected is being done by an immigrant.”
He then segued into Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States, and got the audience rolling with a couple of sex jokes about the pontiff.
“Finally popemojis, for when you want to inject just the right amount of confusion into your late-night sexting,” Noah said.
He then poked fun at the Fiat Francis used as his popemobile.
“That’s a tiny car, somebody’s undercompensating,” Noah said. “I’m saying the pope has a huge c***… and what a waste.”
Noah closed out the segment tossing to correspondent Jordan Klepper, where the two talked about House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation, while bringing it back to Noah replacing Stewart.
“But I can already hear everybody saying, ‘John, please come back, please come back,” Noah deadpanned.
Stewart hosted “The Daily Show” from 1999 before stepping down last month.