Comedy Central has chosen an heir— Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Jon Stewart shocked fans in February when he unexpectedly announced that he will be leaving The Daily Show after 17 years. Just when speculation over David Letterman and Craig Ferguson’s replacements had wrapped up, the Internet could not stop coming up with moronic successor lists for the “restless host.” The #JonStewartReplacements tweets can finally end as South African comedian Trevor Noah will now fill the host chair on the Emmy Award-winning
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Noah is the shortest-tenured contributor on The Daily Show, having only joined the cast part-time this past December. The 31-year-old stand-up comedian has only recently broken into the American comedy consciousness with hit comedy specials on Netflix. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It’s True and was the first South African comedian to appear on both The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “He has an insight and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny.”
Noah was born to a black South African mother and a white European father. He grew up under the oppressive system of apartheid in his native country where his consummation was illegal. A mixed-race or light-skinned black man in the United States isn’t at all uncommon but where he was from, no one looked like him. “It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart,” he said in a statement. “He and the team at The Daily Show have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”
That group of people has slowly dwindled while Comedy Central took its time choosing a replacement for Stewart. Jon Oliver, probably everyone’s favorite choice, was taken off the market when HBO renewed Last Week Tonight for two more seasons. Larry Wilmore was given his own show to fill the time slot vacated by Stephen Colbert’s departure to host Late Show. Veteran Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones was taken off the board by TBS when they greenlighted a sitcom starring him. His wife, the longest-tenured correspondent, was a great choice for putting a woman behind a late night desk, which will happen—on TBS. Jessica Williams took herself out of the running early on because she’s a 25-year-old comedian who knows what she doesn’t know.
None of this takes away from Trevor Noah being a great choice to fill the Daily Show host chair. He’s a fresh young face with international acclaim on the cusp of exploding here in the United States. He will give the show a different outsider perspective, not unlike John Oliver. Comedy Central has not announced a premiere date for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah but it will most likely be later this year. Jon Stewart has equally not announced an exact retirement date, but he did have this to say about his heir to the throne: “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!”
Check out Trevor Noah on The Laughspin Podcast from 2013 below!