Trevor Noah starts his 'Daily Show' reign with strong jokes and a thank you to Jon Stewart

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Trevor Noah Pays Tribute to Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show' Hosting Debut

The Trevor Noah era on "The Daily Show" began Monday night with laughs and humility.

The new host sat behind a new desk on a new set with some fun ice breakers to get things moving:

"This is surreal for me, I'm not going to lie, growing up in the dusty streets of South Africa I could never dream of having two things, really," said Noah. "An indoor toilet and a job as host of 'The Daily Show.' And now I have both. And I'm quite comfortable with one of them."

Noah also touched on others who didn't take the hosting job after Jon Stewart left.

"Why isn't a woman hosting the show, because surely it's about time. It turns out that they did ask women to host and the women turned it down because they had better things to do, and clearly knew something I didn't," said Noah.

"Also, why didn't they get an American to host?" Noah continued. "Again, Comedy Central tried and those people also declined. So once more a job Americans rejected is now being done by an immigrant."

The jokes got some big laughs. But Noah ended his opening with some sincerity as he said thank you to Stewart.

"Thank you Jon," said Noah. "Thank you for believing in me, I'm not quite sure what you saw in me but I will work every day to find it. And I'll make sure you don't look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some kid from Africa."

He also thanked "The Daily Show" viewers for tuning in "as we continue the war on bulls--t."

A strong start for Noah.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' premiere on September 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' premiere with guest Kevin Hart on September 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Trevor Noah arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Trevor Noah and host Jon Stewart appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: New Host of 'The Daily Show' Trevor Noah on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Thursday Sept. 17, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
Trevor Noah arrives at the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0293 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Trevor Noah during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Trevor Noah poses for a portrait at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 15: Trevor Noah and Jamie Foxx attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2015 at The Creeks on August 15, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Trevor Noah and Jerry Seinfeld watch the game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies during Opening Day on April 13, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 15: Jimmy Fallon and Trevor Noah attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2015 at The Creeks on August 15, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Trevor Noah (L) and actress Laura Prepon attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" panel at the Viacom Networks 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 06: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on January 6, 2012 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Episode 4177 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Trevor Noah talks with Bryan Branly backstage on January 6, 2012 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4177 -- Pictured: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on January 6, 2012 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Trevor Noah attends the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyer at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11:Trevor Noah attends the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyer at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Justin Barlow/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV)
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