As a for­eigner, what’s his [Trevor Noah’s] take go­ing to be on Amer­ica?

Emirates Man - - FEATURE | JON STEWART -

1.5 mil­lion view­ers on TV and on­line in the US per episode. Newsweek called the show “the coolest pit­stop on tele­vi­sion”.

Plau­dits aside, there’s a more con­crete by-prod­uct of Ste­wart’s ten­ure, in that he’s revitalised the na­tion’s youth and af­fected their po­lit­i­cal ap­a­thy – no mean feat. In­deed, in terms of voter turnout, gures state that the 18 to 29 de­mo­graphic has steadily risen since 2000, reach­ing its high­est point since 1972. Some­thing that Ste­wart must take some credit for, de­spite a con­stant claim that his show “isn’t jour­nal­ism”.

In 2010 Ste­wart and Colbert co-hosted a satir­i­cal po­lit­i­cal rally at Wash­ing­ton, DC’s Na­tional Mall, which drew an es­ti­mated 215,000 peo­ple. The Rally To Re­store San­ity And/Or Fear fea­tured Ste­wart as the lib­eral coun­ter­point to Colbert’s fear-mon­ger­ing, con­ser­va­tive pun­dit al­ter ego. The hope was to show how Amer­ica’s rea­son-minded are drowned out in the me­dia by a mi­nor­ity of ex­treme views.

At the end of the rally Ste­wart gave a rous­ing speech in which he ad­mit­ted that the world does have things to fear, but that “we live in hard times, not end-times. And we can have an­imus and not be en­e­mies…. if we am­plify ev­ery­thing, we hear noth­ing… Most Amer­i­cans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Repub­li­cans, lib­er­als or con­ser­va­tives. Amer­i­cans live their lives more as peo­ple who are just a lit­tle bit late for some­thing they have to do”.

His big­gest hia­tus from host­ing du­ties was a 12-week break in 2013 while he was lm­ing Rose­wa­ter, a movie he wrote and di­rected, about an Ira­nian-Cana­dian jour­nal­ist de­tained in Iran dur­ing its 2009 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion protests. The lm, re­leased last year star­ring Gabriel Gar­cia Ber­nal, gar­nered pos­i­tive re­views. “Jon Ste­wart… is maybe due a ca­reer stum­ble,” wrote Guardian lm critic Peter Brad­shaw. “I can only say it hasn’t ar­rived yet.”

“Ste­wart set out to be a work­ing co­me­dian, and he ended up an in­valu­able pa­triot,” says New Yorker ed­i­tor David Remnick. But that im­port will now be fo­cused else­where. Septem­ber 28 saw Trevor Noah sit in The Daily Show chair for the very rst time. His ap-

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