While former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart is off readying to host WWE’s SummerSlam the Sunday, new host Trevor Noah is preparing to take over in September.
The first ad to promote Noah’s upcoming tenure as host of the Comedy Central late-night staple uses an action-hero-style montage to show the comedian getting ready for what will be one of the most scrutinized premieres of the fall television season. In addition to showing him dressed for the part, he strolls with confidence toward the seat Stewart occupied for 16 years.
When Noah gets there, however, he finds that he needs to lower the chair quite a bit. Hey, if you’re taking over one of the most coveted and high-profile jobs in comedy, you might as well have a laugh at the expense of your predecessor, right?
One quibble, though. Why score the ad to Kanye West’s “Power”? Sure, it worked in the ad campaign for “The Social Network” back in 2010, but the song was also featured prominently in ads for the new “Fantastic Four” film — a dud with critics and audiences alike. Surely there’s another anthemic Kanye song kicking around out there.
“The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah debuts at 11 p.m. ET on Sept. 28.