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Meet the New Daily Show Host

Comedy Central announced yesterday the replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Just as everyone expected, the new host is... Trevor Noah?

Um, sorry, who?

Trevor's relatively new to The Daily Show.

Heck, he's relatively new to the US, having arrived at both spots back in December - four months ago - from his native South Africa.

In fact, back then, he made his debut appearance on The Daily Show as a correspondent.

Now, suddenly, he's the new host. As others scramble to find out more about him, why not just sit back and watch that debut..

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Deer Season is Open

The folks at Disney have been busy turning cartoon characters into live-action characters.

We've had Maleficent, and most recently, Cinderella.

So why not take the same approach with Bambi?

Great idea, and played up perfectly by the folks at Saturday Night Live with a little help - okay, a lot of help - from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnston.

Check it out!

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The Beginning of The New World

Jay Z enlisted some top-level friends to help him announce his new streaming music service, Tidal.

Beyonce was there, of course, and Kanye. But so was Madonna, and Nicki Minaj, and Jason Aldean, and Chris Martin, and more.

Dozens of artists, in the room and on-line, to hear about and lend support to Jay Z's game changing idea.

His plan is to get consumers to pay for music they're used to streaming for free.

You laugh, but it worked for Netflix.

The man could really be on to something big here...

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Oh No He Didn't...

Justin Bieber took the stage as a back-up singer with Ariana Grande in Miami over the weekend.

His job: help her with "Love Me Harder."

And he couldn't do it. He flubbed the lines, then gave up and started dancing on stage and greeting fans to cover for his failed memory.

He apologized repeatedly to Ariana on stage.. And he did so on Instagram afterwards as well.

Accepted or not, I'll bet it's the last time he's invited to be Ariana's back-up...

Had fun with u Ariana, even tho I forgot all the words haha

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Sound of Music... Peter Pan... The Wiz?

NBC announced plans to produce another live musical right around Thanksgiving.

Two years ago, it was Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

Last year, it was Peter Pan starring Alison Williams.

This year, it's The Wiz.

Right. The Wiz. The urban twist on the classic Wizard of Oz.

Debuted on Broadway in the mid-70s, Turned into a movie in 1978, starring Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz.

Not exactly a classic.

But, it will be the third installment in NBC's franchise - for lack of a better term.

Already, suggestions are being made for the casting.

Beyonce as Glinda. Pharrell as the Tin Man.

Not seeing Kanye mentioned anywhere - but he'll trying to pick up an Emmy for it anyway...

Meanwhile, here's a sampling of the King of Pope as the Scarecrow.

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Something Old Really Works

Here's a head-scratcher: some scientists in England have found a way to kill the hospital superbug known as MRSA.

Great news, you say. How did they do it?

Simple. They cooked up a compound from a recipe found in a book about 1000 years old.

The book is called Bald's Leecbook, and the treatment is for styes.

Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together… take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek… let it stand nine days in the brass vessel…

The scientists followed the directions and when they tested it, found that it had a 90% success rate in killing the bacteria generally blamed for MRSA.

This could turn into something.

Up next: applying Game of Thrones strategies to current warfare.

Step 1: get a dragon...
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Wait a Minute, What?

Furious 7 - the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise - is set to open up in theaters in a couple of weeks.

The hype for it has been huge.

Naturally, everyone thinks the "7" in the title refers to it being the "seventh" film.

Right?

Wrong. According to the director, James Wan, says he wanted to actually spell out the "seven" in the title, as an homage to Seven Samurai.

It's about seven warriors, I guess, and not about counting how many films there've been.

Who knew?

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And This is Why I Don't Go on Rollercoasters...

Opening day for the Coney Island Cyclone, one of the world's most historic wooden rollercoasters, didn't go so well for the first riders of the season.

At the top of its first hill, just before the first drop, the coaster stopped dead in its tracks.

Riders were stranded, and had to be walked down by emergency personnel.

Like rollercoasters aren't already scary enough, now this happens?

But what do you want to bet that most of them will climb back aboard as soon as the ride's running again?

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Behind the Times?

President Obama sat down last week to talk with David Simon, the creator of The Wire, the critically-acclaimed TV show.

The idea was to discuss what Simon observed about crime in the inner city that drove him to create the show.

The guy's a former cop, so it's probably a valuable chat.

But those observations are over a dozen years old. The Wire ran between 2002 and 2008.

Relevant? Or just an opportunity for the First Fan to talk to the guy who created one of his favorite shows?

What do you think?

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What is Wrong with People?

A meteorologist on Global News News Hour Plus in Canada took to the airwaves last Thursday to discuss a hate letter.

Kristi Gordon is pregnant, and got a nastygram about the way she looks on the news.

Calling her "gross," the viewer wrote further: "Your front end looks like the Hindenburg and your rear-end looks like a brick sh—house. We now turn off Global."

Actually, she's gotten a few, and she decided to talk about it on the air with the news co-anchors.

The male anchor didn't think they should give the letter any attention. "Haters gonna hate," he said, "as some rapper may have said."

The female anchor corrected him immediately, which is the funniest put-down I've seen in a long while.

Check out the whole thing... Sparks some interesting discussion.

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