By: Jocelyn Uithaler | Mon 30 Mar 2015, 15:00
Ever since Jon Stewart announced his departure from the Comedy Central programme, The Daily Show, everyone’s been wondering who will replace the long-standing host.
In the past hour, South African comedian Trevor Noah confirmed that he will step into Stewart’s shoes as the new host of the award-winning show.
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
Noah joined the team of The Daily Show last year, and he proved that he could hold his own opposite Stewart. Make sure to set your PVR and watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, before he hands over the reins, weeknights at 00:10 on Comedy Central.
It didn’t take long for Trevor Noah to trend worldwide on Twitter after the announcement, with everyone wishing him well. Here are some of our favourite tweets:
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 30, 2015
Congratulations comrade @Trevornoah— loyiso gola (@loyisogola) March 30, 2015
Trevor ... Wowzers ... ??— Poppy Ntshongwana (@PoppyIsMyName) March 30, 2015
Looking for a talk show host? I Noah guy...— Super Tsatsantsa (@Thato_Legend) March 30, 2015
Noah 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.
Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.
"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 honour 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."
Jon Stewart said: "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!"
Speaking on behalf of Comedy Central Africa, Evert van der Veer said: "When you hear that a South African comedian is going replace Jon Stewart as the host of the most trusted satirical comedy show in the world, you know it's a great day for Trevor Noah and an extraordinary milestone for African comedy. Supporting African comedians and comedy has been one of the key tenets of Comedy Central Africa since we started, and we salute Trevor’s achievement with pride in our hearts and a tear in our eye."
Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It’s True which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa.
Noah’s one-man show The Racist at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe was a sold out run that became one of the most talked about shows at the Festival that year. Recently, Noah performed for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.
Trevor’s show’s premiere will be announced at a later date.