Trevor Noah will be the successor to Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show Comedy Central president, Michele Ganeless, announced Monday.
Noah, born in South Africa, rose in the comedy circuit to become one of the top comedians in Africa. His first television debut was in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and he was the first South African comedian to appear on Late Show with David Letterman. Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a contributor in 2014.
“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ 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. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”
Said Jon Stewart: “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!!!”