Early Monday morning Comedy Central officially announced that Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. If you’re like us, you first said, “Who’s that?” And then after a quick Google search you said, “Oh, the new correspondent. He’s from New Zealand or something?” And then a coworker corrected you and informed you that he was from South Africa. Anyway, if like us you need a quick Trevor Noah primer, check out some of the clips and pics below.
Trevor Noah took to social media to announce the news with humility:
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
The story was broken by The New York Times early Monday morning:
— - The New York Times
In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.
“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. “It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home.”
Now, after only three appearances on that Comedy Central show, Mr. Noah has gotten a huge and unexpected promotion. On Monday, Comedy Central will announce that Mr. Noah has been chosen as the new host of “The Daily Show,” succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this year.
Trevor Noah had made only three appearances as a correspondent so far, including this clip where he comments on Boko Haram in Nigeria:
After working in South Africa as an actor, a radio DJ, and a talk show host, Noah pursued his comedy career with great success. Here he is as the first South African comedian on The Late Show with David Letterman:
And here’s a clip from a Comedy Central stand-up special of his from 2012:
Trevor is a hilarious and talented comedian and from all of us here at Funny Or Die News, we wish him and The Daily Show the best of luck!