Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
South African-born comedian, 31, joined Comedy Central's show last December
Comedian Trevor Noah has been selected to replace Jon Stewart on the satirical news program The Daily Show, Comedy Central announced on Monday.
"Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny," Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement.
"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."
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Noah, who was born in South Africa in 1984, was one of the newest correspondents on the wildly popular show. After joining the show in December, Noah was one of the comedians speculated about as a possible successor when Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving the show.
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"He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with," said Stewart. "In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!"
Other possible contenders included Canadian-American comedian Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams.
"You don’t believe it for the first few hours," Noah told the New York Times from Dubai, where he heard the news. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol."
In the network's one-hour late-night comedy block, Noah joins Larry Wilmore, an African-American writer-comedian who in January stepped into Stephen Colbert's half-hour slot following The Daily Show.
Who is Trevor Noah?
While Noah isn't yet a household name, the established international comedian and writer has sold more DVDs than any other standup on the African continent, his website boasts.
He has also hosted a number of television programs in his native South Africa and has appeared on high profile American programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Noah also has an established following on social media. Two million people follow him on Twitter, where he has tweeted observant one-liners on international politics, popular culture and the murder trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius.
Maybe Nigeria should tell America that Boko Haram has oil.—@Trevornoah
I guess this is not the "fall of Mugabe" that the world was waiting for, but we'll take it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MugabeFalls?src=hash">#MugabeFalls</a> <a href="http://t.co/FHWUJKww7C">pic.twitter.com/FHWUJKww7C</a>—@Trevornoah
So people are sending death threats to a female judge to show their anger at the fact that a female was killed? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OscarTrial?src=hash">#OscarTrial</a>—@Trevornoah
Canadian fans of The Daily Show can get a sneak peak at Noah's comedy when he brings his Lost in Translation comedy tour here in November. Dates and cities for the tour haven't been announced yet.
As for Stewart, the long time host is expected to give up his seat behind The Daily Show desk later this year, but Comedy Central has yet to announce an exact date when he'll pass the torch to Noah.
With files from The Associated Press