We still don’t know exactly when Jon Stewart will be done with “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, but we now know who will be replacing him.
The New York Times revealed today that young correspondent Trevor Noah will take the reins from Jon Stewart as the next host of the Emmy-winning news satire program, and Comedy Central confirmed the news shortly thereafter. Noah has only been on the show since December of 2014, so this is a pretty big deal.
The South African comedian made his debut on American television in 2012 with a stand-up set on “The Tonight Show” when Jay Leno was still hosting, and he’s also appeared on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. If you want a taste of his work as a stand-up comic, here’s his set from Letterman:
Though his exposure in the United States has been fairly limited, Noah is very well-known in South Africa for hosting his own late night talk show, some radio programs and the South African Music Awards, so he’s got plenty of experience. Noah also has a Showtime stand-up special that he headlined last year, and there’s an hour-long special available on Netflix right now as well. Noah himself still has trouble believing the news, telling The New York Times from Dubai:
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
Noah also reacted to the news on Twitter:
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!
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015
Noah will certainly add some diversity to the late night circuit, which many have been clamoring for since there was shuffling at “The Late Show” and “The Late Late Show” on CBS recently. Jon Stewart says, “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”
While I think Noah certainly has potential, and he’s a very smart and eloquent comedian, he just feels a little too dry to sustain “The Daily Show” after Jon Stewart leaves. But I’m certainly willing to give him a shot. If you’ve yet to catch Noah on “The Daily Show,” learn more about him right here, and check out his first appearance below:
Will you watch “The Daily Show” when Trevor Noah takes over?
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