Jon Stewart has already his successor in “The Daily Show” and it’s the 31-years old South African comedian Trevor Noah.
On Monday, Comedy Central announced that one of the new correspondents from the news show would replace Stewart. In February, after 15 years of hilarious work, Stewart announced the sad news that he would leave the show and that possible hosts were being considered to take his seat.
Other considered hosts were Jessica Williams, Tina Fey, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones. Though Noah is one of the newest additions to “The Daily Show” he has done apparitions in three segments with Jon Stewart.
During his tour on Dubai, Noah talked about his new job on the phone with NYT, “didn’t believe it for the first few hours” he said, “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol”.
In a statement, Stewart said, “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
In a press release, Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central said, “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny”.
“For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor.” Ganeless added, “He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
Noah is known as a comedian who hosted his own night-talk show in South Africa as also several radio programs. He was awarded with the South African Music Award. The new host headlined a special stand-up show last year and he appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show”, becoming the first South African comedian to do this.
“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah in the press release. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people”.
It is expected that Stewart would leave his seat after July.