Right now, South African comedian Trevor Noah may be both the most and least envied man in show business.

Most of his peers would kill to get the platform he’ll officially command on Monday, when the first episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah debuts on Comedy Central. At the same time, they must be relieved that they won’t face Noah’s formidable challenge: winning over the same passionate audience that made former Daily Show host Jon Stewart the most trusted man in late-night — and maybe even across TV news itself.

“Of course there’s pressure,” Noah told a group of journalists who gathered for a Q&A session at The Daily Show’s studio Friday morning. “When it matters, there should always be pressure. If we didn’t have the pressure and we weren’t afraid, then I would think that there’s something wrong with us.” Read more…

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