9:11pm PT by Ryan Gajewski
Trevor Noah Thanks "Dad" Jon Stewart, Takes Aim at GOP and Pope in 'Daily Show' Premiere
Trevor Noah kicked off his first episode as host of the Daily Show by giving credit to his predecessor.
"Thank you for believing in me," Noah said about Jon Stewart at the start of Monday's episode. "I'll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa."
Noah acknowledged that viewers may have a tough time adjusting to the new host, referring to Stewart as "our political dad."
"It's weird because Dad has left, and now it feels like the family has a new stepdad, and he's black, which is not ideal," Noah said. He added to the audience: "Thank you for joining us as we continue the war on bullshit."
Noah's first segment focused on Pope Francis' visit, with Noah showing footage of the religious leader in his tiny vehicle and saying that the pope was "under-compensating."
"I'm saying the pope has a huge [expletive]," Noah said. "And what a waste."
Noah also lamented that John Boehner is stepping down as Speaker of the House just as Noah is starting his run. "No! Why leave now — I just got here!" Noah quipped. "I got a fancy suit and a new set, and I learned how to pronounce your name — Bay-ner."
Noah said of Boehner: "He's basically the bouncer at Club Congress, which is probably the worst club ever. First of all, there's hardly any women in the club. There's always a bunch of old guys talking about laying pipe. Oh, and everyone at the club has AIDS. Aides — the people who help you."
The host observed that other GOP party members feel Boehner is not conservative enough. "It's like crack telling meth that it's not addictive enough," Noah joked. " 'Yo, man — you got to step your game up, crystal. You make teeth fall out, big deal. I took down Whitney Houston.' "
The first guest was Kevin Hart, who brought the new host of box of colorful ties to help improve his wardrobe.