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Bethany Cosentino, musician from the rock duo Best Coast.

 
Episode Title: Bethany Cosentino
Airs: 2016-05-04 at 23:00
  • Sarah Rodman

    The launch felt like a purposeful, and successful, reassurance to longtime fans that no one is interested in messing with a successful formula.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s too early for Noah to crush it, but it’s enough for now to just utter a sigh of relief. The Daily Show is back, with its essential wit and irreverence intact.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Don Kaplan

    Calm, nimble and damn funny, Noah didn’t even break a sweat and seems easily poised to carry on the satire and smarts that turned the Comedy Central talk show into a source of news and entertainment for an entire generation. The Daily Show is in good hands. That’s our moment of zen.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    His first night in a very high-pressure situation, Noah seemed entirely at ease, starting with a little earnestness, segueing into material that he capably handled even though it still felt built to Stewart specs, and finishing with an entirely toothless interview with Kevin Hart.

    Slate Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Noah didn’t fade into the wallpaper, though. Although the broadcast preserved much of The Daily Show set, the opening theme, most of the recurring bits, and even closed with a Moment of Zen, there were many moments where the skinny South African (who is 31 but could pass for 21) gave us hints of how his Show might differ from Stewart’s--starting with energy, which is cool and aloof in a Johnny Carson vein, bordering on unflappable.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While Stewart left big shoes to fill, Noah’s first at bat suggests the format remains durable enough to let him find his footing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    In all, Noah's first Daily Show was a solid success, and funnier than skeptics probably expected.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Daniel Holloway

    He looked like he was enjoying himself throughout the half hour--a key quality in today’s late-night landscape. But most of all, he looked like a guy who might have the audacity to try to replace Jon Stewart. And that he just might pull it off.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • David Sims

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wasn’t without its foibles and clunky one-liners: the pitfalls any new late-night talk show has to dodge. But the biggest takeaway from Noah’s first swing at succeeding Jon Stewart was the new host’s energy and exuberant confidence--something most take weeks, if not months, to find.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The best and most honest thing you can say about Monday's premiere is, "He didn't break it." He also didn't try to.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    In general, Noah came across polished and so smiley, he seemed nearly jubilant.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Noah read his material with good timing, shifting from sly to authoritative to snarky. What’s less clear yet is if he can be off-the-cuff funny.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    For his first week, there was a lot of potential, as well as potential problems.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The 31-year-old comedian from South Africa was confident and charismatic and full of joy for the job. He went down easy, and not just because he’s one handsome, telegenic man.... His jokes, while energetically performed, lacked POV and veered toward irreverence for irreverence’s sake, most notably, the crack about the size of the pope’s penis.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    With his ever-present smile, he projects a genial, almost mild camera presence but lacks anything resembling the kind of edge that made Jon Stewart a name to be reckoned with. He has a hard road ahead of him.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    His version of the show doesn’t differ much from the one Stewart hosted at the end of his tenure. The correspondents are a mix of newcomers and holdovers, and the tone remains mostly bemused outrage at the state of the world.... In his first four shows, his personality didn’t shine through often enough. He was awkward in his interviews, failing to give Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie much of a challenge, and bumbling through more superficial celebrity chats.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    He seemed to suffer from “Jimmy Fallon-itis”--he laughed too much at his own jokes.... The show pretty much stayed on point, with almost every joke leading back to Noah. He got to make the show all about him, and that’s OK--for one night, anyway.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    On Monday night, Stewart's spirit hovered over the proceedings so much it was hard to get a sense of what makes Noah special. He seemed relaxed, and smiled throughout the whole show, looking entirely happy to be there.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    With a couple of minor changes--new graphics, new desk--Noah's first show kept everything in place. The theme song, the correspondents, the Moment of Zen. The bent remains political.... As with every new host since the beginning of hosts, he was the least comfortable in the interview segment--with "comedic rock star" Kevin Hart. It made him seem young in a way the rest of the show did not.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    It was a cautious first show.... A stand-up who threads laughs throughout winding, anecdotal routines, he’s still adjusting to The Daily Show’s rhythms.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The jokes weren't marginally different in tone and quality than those delivered so expertly for so many years by his predecessor, Jon Stewart. It was all about his delivery, which seemed breathless, slightly rushed and a little uncertain.... New correspondent Roy Wood Jr., reporting on the discovery of running water on Mars, made a stronger impression Monday night than Noah.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Some of his jokes--about the pope’s privates, AIDS and Whitney Houston’s relationship with crack--probably gave an equal number of viewers reason for concern about taste, or elation that Mr. Noah will not pull punches. Senior Mars correspondent Roy Wood Jr. (“Sullivan & Son”) made a strong first impression joking about which black celebrities might get a chance to visit Mars.... Mr. Noah’s least interesting segment was an interview with comic actor Kevin Hart.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    He neither excelled nor failed; it wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t flawed, either.

    Salon Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Noah's Daily Show at once felt confident but also oddly tentative. Smoothly delivered but uneven.... Not quite a rocky start, but not an emphatically comforting one for fans either.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It was a less than spectacular debut Monday--one that focused a bit too heavily on Noah's status as host.... Some of it was funny; some wasn’t. And some of it came perilously close to seeming like the show was trying to guilt us into liking him.

    USA Today Full Review
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