"Nothing ends. It’s a continuation. A pause in the conversation. Rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say, I’m going to go get a drink. I'm sure I'll see you guys before I leave."
On Monday (September 28), the pause ended, and the conversation continued, with Trevor Noah picking up the mantle as the new "Daily Show" host. We waited months and months for this moment, and now, we've finally put our eyes on what the Noah regime has in store.
We watched along live, and here's how it all played out, with newest updates at the top:
11:33 PM: Noah keeps the moment of zen in place, showing Nancy Pelosi's baffled reaction to a question about Boehner's resignation. It's perfectly awkward, perfectly classic, and something traditional that would make Noah's political dad proud.
Well, probably. Anyway, off to a fantastic start, Trevor Noah. Keep it up!
11:29 PM: Noah gets Hart talking about his talent as a stand-up comedian, his devotion to fitness, and his desire to motivate people in both arenas. It's actually a very intimate, touching interview with some patented moments of levity. Solid first interview for the new "Daily Show" era.
11:26 PM: "Height is a perception." Four words to live by. Get that on a T-Shirt, Kevin.
11:23 PM: Trevor brings out the first guest: Kevin Hart! And Kevin has a present — ties! Ties and ties and ties! It's not even a gag. I expected snakes in a box or something awful...
...but no, that was actually very pleasant!
11:18 PM Roy Wood Jr, Senior Mars Correspondent, is taking a controversial stance...
LEAVE MARS ALONE.
11:17 PM: Let's try not to bring up the words "global perspective" again too often. Let's talk instead about an "interplanetary perspective," and about water on Mars — and the lack of water in California. There's a Governator + Total Recall joke in here somewhere.
11:11 PM: Jordan Klepper tells Noah that it's going to be very hard to follow in the footsteps of Jon... Boehner, definitely not Stewart. Deeeeefinitely not Stewart.
11:07 PM: Noah segues from talking about the Pope to talking about John Boehner by shouting out the Mets making the playoffs, to the cheers of the crowd. "I don't know what that is, but Jon told me that would work." Indeed it did.
11:06 PM: For his first topic of his run, Noah goes for something light: Syria. Just kidding! It's all about Popechella, Pope-by-Popewest, and The World Series of Poper. Basically, all pope, all the time — pope-mojis included:
11:04 PM: "Thank you Jon," Noah adds. "Thank you for believing in me. I'm not quite sure what you saw in me, but I'll work hard every day to find it and I'll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa." And he thanks you and me for believing in "The Daily Show" and its "continued war on bullsh--."
Yeah, I think we're going to get along just fine.
11:02 PM: "I can only assume this is as strange for you as it is for me," he continues, describing Jon Stewart as our "political dad." "Now, dad has left, and our family has a new step dad... and he's black. Which is not ideal."
11:01 PM: Noah starts things off with the obvious: "First of all, this is surreal for me. Growing up in the dusty streets of South Africa, I never dreamed that I would one day have — well, two things, really: an indoor toilet, and a job as the host of 'The Daily Show.' Now I have both, and I'm quite comfortable with one of them."
11:00 PM: September 20, 2015! Same intro! Same music! Beautiful!
10:57 PM: Before he appears on "The Daily Show," Hart's "Seriously Funny" special is wrapping up, and he's telling a story about licking someone's palms in a panic. It makes much more sense in context.
10:54 PM: Kevin Hart will be the first guest of Noah's "Daily Show." Let's hope he goes easier on Trevor than he went on Justin.
10:45 PM: Okay, so maybe we aren't quite unpaused. But we're close! Kickoff is in fifteen minutes.