Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless tells The New York Times that the network decided to hire Noah “to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
We’ve known for a long time that whoever replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show would have huge shoes to fill but Comedy Central now thinks it’s found the man to fill them. The New York Times reports that South African-born comedian Trevor Noah will take Stewart’s place as The Daily Show’s host in a move that came as quite a surprise since Noah only made his debut on the show late last year.
So who is Trevor Noah? His first appearance on Comedy Central’s flagship fake news program came back in December, when he joked about feeling more intimidated by American police than by police in his native South Africa, as you can see in the clip below.
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Between rampant racial inequality and Ebola outbreaks, South African comedian Trevor Noah admits he hesitated to visit a country as underdeveloped as America.
Even so, it’s surprising that Comedy Central would pick someone to run the show who’s only been on it for a few months now, especially when many thought the network would go with someone like Jessica Williams who has quickly become a fan favorite since joining the show in 2012.
Trevor may be a new face to many of us, but is well-known in South Africa and even hosted his own radio shows, and a late-night talk show. He even once hosted the South African Music Awards! He was the first South African comedian to ever appear on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.
“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa. It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home,” he told the Times.
Jon Stewart & Comedy Central Confident In New Decision
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Jon, 52, said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with,” he continued, adding that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”