Trevor Noah will officially replace Jon Stewart, who announced that he was leaving the show back in February, as the new host of The Daily Show.
Noah, 31-years-old, is a comedian from South Africa who was recently brought on as a correspondent. He’s an unexpected choice considering he hasn’t been with The Daily Show for very long; he was brought on in 2014 along with Hasan Minhaj. But Noah has had a very long career in stand-up and he’s currently on tour in Dubai.
Noah spoke to the New York Times about his new gig.
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.
Here is Comedy Central’s official statement.
Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Daily Show.
Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.
He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 30, 2015
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
Here’s a clip from Noah’s first appearance on The Daily Show.