Speed Reads

The Daily Showdown

Trevor Noah kicks off his Daily Show run vowing to continue Jon Stewart's 'war on bulls--t'

Monday night was Trevor Noah's first official run as host of The Daily Show, and he pulled it off with aplomb. "I can only assume that this is a strange for you as it is for me," he told the audience. "Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host: He was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways, our political dad.... And now it feels like the family has a new stepdad, and he's black."

Noah thanked Jon Stewart for taking a chance on him, promising to work hard to make him "not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa," and thanked viewers "for joining us as we continue the war on bulls--t." Then he commenced, with a very Daily Show take on Pope Francis in America and House Speaker John Boehner's resignation.

There are some slightly edgy jokes, like about the pope's genitalia, congressional aides, and Whitney Houston, but most of them land. And Noah and the Daily Show writers tie it all together with a Jordan Klepper meltdown over the new John in the house — in this case, ostensibly, Boenher's replacement in Congress. Watch below. Peter Weber