Trevor Noah Compares Beto O’Rourke’s Hand Gestures To Donald Trump’s

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“There is an old African saying: If you keep quiet for long enough, you can hear a new Democrat join the presidential race,” Trevor Noah joked as he began The Daily Show segment on the latest politician to throw his hat into the ring: Beto …

‘The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Plans To Give “Accurate Representation” Of 2020 Election In Trump’s America – SXSW

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The Daily Show touched down in SXSW with the whole gang, including host Trevor Noah and correspondents Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulce Sloan, Roy Wood Jr. and Jaboukie Young-White. Moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Daily Show tea…

‘The Daily Show’ Offers First Trailer From Desi Lydic Exploring Gender Equality

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The Daily Show’s Desi Lydic will explore the how and why of international women and gender equality in education, economics, health and politics, comparing it with US efforts. 
To do so, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah presents Desi Lydic: Abroad on Mo…

Luminary Taps Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah to Launch Podcasting Service

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Podcasting startup Luminary Media has signed dozens of big names in both the entertainment and podcasting worlds — including “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, actor Russell Brand and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham — to spearhead its upcoming launch of an $8 per month service that offers ad-free content, the company said on Monday.

The plan for Luminary is as simple as it is daunting: it wants to reinvent the podcasting industry in the same way that Netflix has reinvented Hollywood.

Chief executive and co-founder Matt Sacks said so himself in the The New York Times: “We want to become synonymous with podcasting in the same way Netflix has become synonymous with streaming. I know how ambitious that sounds. We think it can be done, and some of the top creators in the space agree.”

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To reach this goal, Luminary has lined up more than 40 creators to help launch its subscription service, Luminary Premium, this coming June. The service will include new shows from Noah, Dunham, “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown, along with two new shows from Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco” production team and three new podcasts from Bill Simmons’ The Ringer Podcast Network.

Additionally, Luminary is bringing well-known existing podcasts exclusively to its network, including Brand’s “Under the Skin,” Michael Rapaport’s “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast,” and Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson’s “Guys We F—-d.” Luminary has also signed proven podcast hosts Guy Raz from “How I Built This” and Adam Davidson of “Planet Money” to create new shows that’ll be featured on Premium.

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Luminary’s strategy mirrors Netflix push into original content earlier this decade: Star-driven new shows that can only be found on its paid service. Just as Netflix capitalized on the cord-cutting of millennials and Gen Z — a trend it accelerated with compelling originals like “House of Cards”– Luminary is aiming to enter podcasting as the industry continues to grow. According to Pew Research Center, 17 percent of Americans ages 12 and older now listen to podcasts on a weekly basis — up from 7 percent in 2013 — and 26 percent listen on a monthly basis.

Still, it’s fair to question whether the subscription service will enjoy even a fraction of Netflix’s success. Most big-name podcasts are ad-supported, and the industry is expected to pull in $514 million in ad sales this year; that’s expected to increase to $659 million by the end of 2020, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC, as cited in the Times. It’ll be worth seeing if Luminary’s content slate will be compelling enough to make a dent in the ad-driven podcasting business.

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Luminary Media Sets Podcast Launch Lineup With Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah And More Than 40 Others

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Luminary Media, a new entrant in the burgeoning podcast market, has announced its launch slate of 40-plus creators, including Hollywood names like Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.
Once the company officially launches (sometime in…

‘The Daily Show’ Can’t Afford ‘Shallow’ so Enjoy Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Old MacDonald’ (Video)

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On Monday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had a hilarious work-around to a major setback he encountered while talking about the 2019 Oscars.

At the top of the show, he brought up Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance of their “A Star Is Born” duet “Shallow.” But unfortunately, while he could run footage of the “super-hot” set, the problem was that “we can’t afford the rights to the song. So we can play the video for you, but we have to change the music.”

So it is that when a clip of the widely-celebrated moment rolled, the music was replaced with an instrumental version of “Old MacDonald.” To be honest, the weirdly-compelling result is almost as entertaining as the real thing was on Sunday night. Watch it above and see for yourself.

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Noah also brought up the “Green Book” Best Picture win. “It’s been called the reverse ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ Because the driver is white, and the passenger is black, and also, they drive in reverse throughout the whole movie,” Noah joked.

But Noah said his favorite moment was when Spike Lee accepted his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee’s speech provoked an angry response from Donald Trump, who said on Twitter that Lee’s remarks were “a racist hit on your president.”

“That’s right. President Trump called Spike Lee racist. It’s like ‘Black Klansman, that’s offensive folks’” said Noah, launching into his Trump impression. “Should’ve been called ‘Black Very Fine People On Both Sides. Both Sides.”

There’s more, and like we said before, you can watch the whole thing above.

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Trevor Noah trolled (most of) the Oscars audience with that “great Xhosa phrase”

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Last night, somewhere between Regina King being deservedly celebrated and Green Book getting begrudgingly acknowledged, Trevor Noah gave a unique introduction to Best Picture nominee Black Panther. The Daily Show host, who was born and raised in South …

Oscars Red Carpet: Trevor Noah, Hannah Beachler & More Chime In On Changes To This Year’s Hostless Ceremony

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The road to this year’s Academy Awards has been quite a rough one. First, there was a host, then there wasn’t. There were talks of getting another host, then they decided against it. From there, the Academy said they were pulling musical pe…

Watch ‘Daily Show’ Mock Jussie Smollett With Fake Movie Trailer ‘Jussie’s Lie’ (Video)

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“The Daily Show” had a little fun at Jussie Smollett’s expense Friday.

Trevor Noah and his team of writers on the Comedy Central show were so taken with the “crazy story” of the “Empire” star being accused of staging his own attack that they decided it would make a great Lifetime TV movie — and they made a trailer to prove it.

“It seems like a fake story, and we’re, ‘It seems like the perfect Lifetime movie,’” Noah said. “So why not make a little movie?”

And as a birthday present for Noah, his creative team pulled together a trailer for “Jussie’s Lie,” a fake behind-the-scenes movie of how they think Smollett’s story came to pass.

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“Coming this fall, the story of a lie that rocked a nation,” the announcer says, fading into Jaboukie Young-White playing Smollett, who is sitting in his dressing room when he is handed a wad of cash by what is supposedly an “Empire” exec.

“What? $60,000? I’ve worked three days this week,” Young-White’s Smollett whines.

The “suit” replies, “Maybe you’re not as important as you think.” Young-White’s Smollett, throws the cash down and cries, “It’s not enough. It’s just not enough.”

And then he has a light bulb moment. He cuts letters from a magazine and pastes them on a threatening note… which erroneously reads, “I’m going to kill me.”

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Not taken seriously by the studio brass, the trailer says, “So he came up with a plan that would change his life forever.”

And the mock trailer continues with the hiring of his “attackers,” an explanation as to why bleach was the toxic liquid of choice, and the final outcome of the suspected orchestration.

Smollett “fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence,” a representative for the actor said in a statement on Thursday.

Watch Noah’s set up and the trailer itself in the clip below.

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Oscars Set Diverse Group To Intro Best Picture Noms During Ceremony

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Producers of the 91st Oscars said Wednesday that chef José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Rep. John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand and Serena Williams have been set to introduce the eigh…

David Spade to Host Comedy Central’s Latest Attempt at Filling Post-‘Daily Show’ Time Slot

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David Spade will follow Trevor Noah’s “Daily Show” as the of host Comedy Central’s latest attempt to fill the 11:30 p.m. time slot once occupied by “The Colbert Report.”

The yet-to-be-titled nightly series will include a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating field segments that mirror his popular Instagram stories. The show will premiere sometime later this year.

Watch Spade make the announcement via the video above.

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Nothing has stuck in the 11:30 p.m. timeslot for Comedy Central since “The Colbert Report” came to a close in December 2014, so Colbert could move to CBS.

Weeks after “Colbert” ended, “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” debuted behind Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” That rollout didn’t go as planned — a copyright issue forced Comedy Central to change the title from “The Minority Report.” Wilmore lasted two just seasons, bridging his “Daily Show” lead-in from the classic Stewart era to the current Trevor Noah one.

Comedy Central briefly replaced Wilmore spot with original episodes of Chris Hardwick’s “@midnight” — yes, @11:30 — until executives there settled on “The Opposition” as its new “Colbert.” That show was hosted by “Daily Show” alum Jordan Klepper and lasted just one season. Comedy Central hasn’t aired new programming in that time slot since last July.

Spade is more conservative-leaning than his 11:30 p.m. predecessors and, unlike the others, isn’t a “Daily Show” alum like Wilmore and Klepper, who were both correspondents. But Spade does have late night experience from his years on “Saturday Night Live,” where he frequently appeared on “Weekend Update” to do his “Hollywood Minute” segment.

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Trevor Noah: Reaction to Liam Neeson’s ‘Powerful Admission’ Would’ve Been Different on ‘Oprah’

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Trevor Noah said the reaction to Liam Neeson’s remark that he once looked to avenge a friend’s rape by attacking a black man on the streets would’ve been different if the actor had made his admission on Oprah Winfrey’s show.

The “Daily Show” host, in a clip posted to the show’s Twitter account on Friday, told his audience the fallout was exacerbated by how and where Neeson told the story.

“I think if Liam Neeson had told that story on ‘Oprah,’ and there was like a conversation, we would’ve seen as a person admitting to a time in their life when they allowed their anger and hatred to fester into a racism that they’re ashamed of,” Noah said.

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Neeson, in an interview with The Independent earlier in the week, said he “went up and down areas with a cosh [bludgeon], hoping I’d be approached by somebody,” after a friend was raped decades ago. “I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week — hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

Neeson’s made the comment while promoting “Cold Pursuit,” his new revenge film. The actor was skewered for the remark immediately afterwards, later going on “Good Morning America” and saying he’s “not racist.

Noah, in his measured between-scenes comments, said he understands why Neeson would say that, but it was nonetheless a “racist” thought. Noah did commend Neeson, though, for his “powerful admission,” and added the situation offered a valuable lesson.

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“I think it was cool that he said he looked for help afterwards. I think it was cool that no one busted him, he volunteered the information. I think it was great that he was ashamed,” Noah said. “For me, that’s the world I want to live in. I want to live in a world where a person who says something like that is ashamed of it, and they’re telling it to you. Not you’re catching them out.”

You can watch Noah’s full breakdown of the situation in the clip below:

Some thoughts on Liam Neeson. #BetweenTheScenes pic.twitter.com/V88BWbdYfV

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Trevor Noah Analyzes State Of The Union And Trump’s ‘Crooked Tie’

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“Trump walked past 600 people, and not a single one of them had the balls to tell him,” Noah quipped about the president’s tie. “In fact, at some point, Mike Pence was like ‘this is the way ties should be from now on.'”

Trevor Noah Can’t Stop Laughing at Virginia Gov Ralph Northam’s Wild Press Conference (Video)

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On Monday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had a lot of fun at the expense of Virginia gov. Ralph Northam and the wild press conference Northam held on Saturday.
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Borders And Walls Are The Evening Talk Show Flavors Of The Moment

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The border is much on the nation’s mind these days, particularly among government workers out on furlough as the politicians battle over budget funding for the proposed Wall. While that’s no laughing matter to the federal government employees sweating this month’s rent, it was grist for the late night comedy wars.
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Donald Trump Advises Students To “Go Over, Go Around, Go Through” Any Walls

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Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and host Trevor Noah reached back into history to find a clip of President Trump telling students how to deal with a wall.
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Trevor Noah Almost Has Too Much Fun Talking About Stephen Miller’s Hair (Video)

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On Monday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had a huge laugh talking about Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, after Miller went on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” — and faced ridicule from said nation over his hair.

At issue: Miller appeared to have deployed spray-on hair to mask his receding hairline for his appearance on the CBS show to talk about the border wall Trump wants to build. Except he wasn’t remotely subtle about it, and the effect was a stark contrast in the color of different parts of his hair that everyone noticed. Cue a storm of jokes from Noah.

“Miller was back on TV talking about how America has to pay for the wall. Emphasis on ‘to pay,’” Noah said, making it rhyme with “toupee.” Cue a clip in which Miller’s hair is… noticeable.

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“Did you catch that? Not the stuff about the Southern border. I’m talking about the new border. Up here,” Noah said, pointing to his head.

“Bit of a ‘migration’ happening, by the way… It’s like someone said ‘who here hates immigrants?’ and his hair was like ‘this guy,’” Noah joked, motioning as if hair was pointing down.

“Although, I don’t think we should be going after Miller,” Noah continued. “I think we should be going after his barber, Sherwin Williams.”

“It barely even looks like hair. Who let him leave the house like that,” Noah continued. “It looks like he got head-butted by Stephen Segal and it stuck.”

There’s plenty more, and it’s pretty funny, so we’ll let you watch for yourself in the clip below:

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