The Comedy Channel has confirmed a change to its schedule that will see The Daily Show with Trevor Noah now premiere in a prime 7:30pm timeslot, while Jimmy Kimmel Live has been pushed back to 11pm
The Daily Show had been advertised for a 10pm timeslot, but with the recent publicity surrounding local comedian Ronny Chieng joining the cast. Foxtel has made the decision to move it earlier into the evening.
After a five-year hiatus, Jimmy Kimmel returned to Australian television last night. Just two weeks ago Foxtel had made a big deal about the program airing in the ‘Express’ 6:30pm timeslot. The sudden decision to move the talk show to 11pm was a surprise as Foxtel normally prides itself on a consistent schedule.
A spokesperson for Foxtel yesterday declined to answer questions regarding the decision.
When The Daily Show returns comedian Trevor Noah will take the reigns from previous host Jon Stewart. The series will air just after the US broadcast nightly from Tuesday, September 29.
Noah made his US television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show. Now, Noah brings with him a wealth of television experience having hosted numerous shows, including his own late-night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.
Headlining Just For Laughs festivals around the world and performing at his own sell-out shows, Noah is a comedic force on the stand-up circuit with countless fans from all corners of the globe. He presented his one man show “The Racist” at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe in a sold out run that became the buzz of audiences and journalists, and the same year was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It’s True which tells the story of Trevor’s remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. In 2014, Trevor Noah performed his hilarious “Lost in Translation” stand-up to a full house at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Just For Laughs Sydney comedy festival, and recently was a leading Gala host at the Just For Laughs Montreal festival in July 2015.
Critically acclaimed and wildly popular Melbourne comic, Ronny Chieng has been named as one of three new correspondents for The Daily Show. Chieng is a Malaysian-born Chinese stand-up comedian who studied law at the “fifth-best law school in the world” at University of Melbourne, and launched his hugely successful comedy career in Australia from 2012. Chieng joins actress Desi Lydi, best known for the MTV comedy-drama series Awkward and the movie We Bought a Zoo, and actor, stand-up comic and radio personality Roy Wood Jr.