Comedy Central announced Monday that Trevor Noah, 31, a contributor to “The Daily Show,” will take over hosting duties when Jon Stewart steps down this year. The South African comedian has appeared on the late-night fake-news program three times since he began working there in December, speaking about Ebola virus disease, reporting on Boko Haram and playing chess with Stewart, Entertainment Weekly said.
Host of “The Daily Show” since 1999, Stewart said he was pleased with the selection. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” he said in a statement cited by the New York Times. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Noah’s resume includes stints on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as well as “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He’s a successful comedian overseas, too, with a claim that he’s “sold more DVDs than any other stand-up on the African continent” appearing on his website. Noah, currently on a comedy tour in Dubai, told the Times he was excited about getting the gig. “You don’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.”
Noah also tweeted about the announcement:
No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!
â€” Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015
After Stewart announced his departure Feb. 10, the Internet began buzzing with debates over who should replace him. Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, John Oliver and Kristen Schaal were named as candidates, but all had other commitments. Jessica Williams, another beloved contributor to “The Daily Show,” tweeted she wasn’t qualified for the position after fans launched a Change.org petition demanding she be named the new host.
In searching for somebody to succeed Stewart, Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless told the Times, “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart -- there is no next Jon Stewart.” The goal was “to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
It’s unclear when Noah will start his hosting duties. Stewart has said only that he’ll leave before the end of this year.
If you’re unfamiliar with Noah’s comedy, take a look at a few of the comedian’s most-watched clips:
Noah is a prolific poster on Twitter, frequently with messages about international politics and soccer. Here are a few of his most-favorited tweets:
Who is this Bae person?
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 20, 2014
Ok so America is attacking Syria for the chemical gas thing but who's attacking America for the Miley Cyrus thing?
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) August 27, 2013
Well played furniture stores. Your never ending "closing down sale" has tricked us all. Well played.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 11, 2015
Whenever I see a couple kissing in public I always wonder if they’re just trying to hide from bad guys chasing them.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 26, 2015
I would never commit murder…but if I did, it would probably be on a day where I had to wake up early.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 10, 2015