By Grace Masback
CatlinSpeak (Portland, Oregon)
Comedy Central announced Sept. 5 that it would welcome Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic, and Roy Wood, Jr. to its “The Daily Show” team of correspondents.
On Aug. 16, revered, long-time host Jon Stewart retired from the show. His replacement, Trevor Noah, will launch the “new era” of “The Daily Show’s” much-loved satirical take on the news on Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. This announcement provides a preliminary view into Noah’s plans for putting his own stamp on the show’s future episodes.
The three new members of what “The Daily Show” modestly calls television’s “Best F*&#ing News Team” are unfamiliar to most of the show’s regular viewers as well as many who follow the comedy world.
Chieng is a stand-up comedian from Melbourne, Australia. He was born in Malaysia but attended college in Australia where he received a law degree. Surprisingly, Chieng says that earning his law degree helped him develop the skills required for a stand-up comic.
Lydic is a successful female comedian from Los Angeles. For the last few years Lydic has hosted her own comedy show on MTV and has appeared in movies such as “We Bought A Zoo,” “Babymakers,” and “The League.”
Wood, Jr. hails from Birmingham, Alabama. He hosts a comedic radio show, “Pranks,” and has made regular appearances on “Conan,” “The Late Show” and the “Late Night Show.” Wood tweeted on Thursday about his impending arrival at “The Daily Show,” saying, “Yo @007, I hope you don’t let me working with the @TheDailyShow keep you from considering me for the new James Bond role. I’m flexible.”
When the show’s new season begins in three weeks, Wood, Lydic, and Chieng will join current veteran correspondents Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, and Kristen Schaal. Given Stewart’s legacy and impressive 16-year tenure on “The Daily Show,” many loyal fans are interested to see if the show’s new cast can maintain his loyal following.
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