The clip shows the comedian walking towards his new desk as “Same Chair” flashes across the screen, followed by “Different Ass” as he sits in the chair.
“He brings a really wide perspective,” says Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central’s president. “We want a show that’s multiplatform—how will it feel a little more contemporary, a little more reflective of the news as it arrives now?”
Noah, the youngest comic anchor in an evening slot, appears in the latest issue of Vogue, in which he talks about his life growing up in apartheid South Africa, his “offensive” Twitter comments that forced Comedy Central to issue a statement, and he says his #1 love at the moment is comedy.
“I’ve never been afraid to fall in love, nor impatient to find it,” he says. “Right now, the love of my life, and the most demanding woman I’ve ever been with, is comedy. She’s never fully mine. I think I know her, but there are moments when I realize I still have a lot to learn.”
Noah’s mother is both Xhosa and Jewish, and his father is Swiss, and growing up in apartheid South Africa, their relationship was illegal, and so was his existence. “I was born a crime,” he says.
As the publication reports, if police appeared when he was out walking with his parents, his father would cross to the opposite side of the street and his mother would drop his hand. “I felt like a bag of weed,” he jokes.
“When you’re ten years old, you don’t know that you’re not able to sit on a bench reserved for white people. I was at an age where the only authority in my life was my mom. That was my battle—how to get her off my back.”
When Trevor’s takeover of The Daily Show was announced, some diehards scoured the more than 9,000 tweets that he’s posted since joining the service in 2009. Many found his tweets about race and women offensive and called for Comedy Central to reconsider hiring him. The network issued a statement in defense of Noah’s comic judgment.
“I realized, when people don’t know you and you’re now going to be a part of their lives,” Noah says, “they try to form a picture, taking whatever little information they have. I always say to people, ‘Do you think my two million followers would not have called me into order had I been sexist or racist or anything-ist along the way?’”
You can read more of Trevor’s Vogue article here. The Daily Show airs September 28 at 11 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.