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Comedy Central has found a new host for The Daily Show: Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who has appeared as a contributor to the show three times over the past year. According to The New York Times, Noah will be announced as the replacement today. Noah may be a surprising choice, given that Comedy Central is passing over a wealth of talent that’s been on The Daily Show for decades, but as a standup comedian and as a contributor, Noah has proven to bring a thoughtful perspective to international news stories. He’s also quite funny.

A date has not yet been set for Stewart’s departure or Noah’s debut as host. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart says in a statement, according to the Times. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” [X]

Get to know Trevor Noah

So, Trevor Noah is taking over for Jon and I have a new excuse to push a bunch of his stuff on you.

  • If you want to watch his stand up, he has a special on Netflix.
  • If you want to know more about his background (and I promise you do, it’s fascinating), there’s a sort of documentary about him on Netflix here.
  • Want to know how he came to work for The Daily Show in the first place? Listen to him as a guest on Episode 11 of The Daily Show Podcast. Fun Fact: when Jon first approached him about being a correspondent, he turned the offer down.
  • British Panel shows more your style? Check out Trevor on QI, Series K.

The New York Times | Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Ms. Ganeless added: “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”

“[Jon Stewart] told me, ‘I was where you were when I took over the show,’ ” Mr. Noah said. “ ‘Nobody knew me. I was just starting out, finding my voice, and that’s when I was handed this seat.’ ”
“Now,” Mr. Noah added, “it’s my turn to steer the ship.”

There are already people saying Trevor Noah isn’t qualified to talk about American politics because he’s South African

I assumed yall tuned out during the summer John Oliver (British) was hosting, during all the bits Jason Jones and Samantha Bee (Canadians) did, didn’t watch a single clip of Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, etc. 

Also, if that’s your logic then why would you think Stewart was “qualified” to talk about anything outside of the US during his sixteen years at the chair?

Be honest: this is just because Noah isn’t white enough for you people. 

Trevor Noah to Take Over 'The Daily Show'

by Zack Zarrillo

The New York Times is reporting that Trevor Noah, who started with The Daily Show in December, will be replacing Jon Stewart this year following his retirement.

The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to “The Daily Show.” It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Also: ‘How The Daily Show with Jon Stewart conquered the social web’

Jon Stewart’s Replacement, Trevor Noah, is Good News for Millennials

With Noah taking over the “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central is bucking the tide of white, middle-aged men ruling the late night host’s chair. This decision seems to reflect the millennial generation: according to a 2014 report from the Pew Research Center, millennials are the most racially diverse generation in history, and it may inform their political leanings. “The racial makeup of today’s young adults is one of the key factors in explaining their political liberalism,” the study explains.

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Noah is also a man of color—a literal product of apartheid, as his mother was black and his father was white, an illegal union at the time in South Africa. It’s this, ultimately, that is going to get the most attention. Praise, from those of us excited to see any club of all-white all-men rendered extinct, whether that’s late-night television or, you know, the presidency. But criticism, too: The tenor of conservative criticism of “The Daily Show” is about to get very, very ugly.

The biracial South African is taking over for Jon Stewart — how soon before a wingnut dog-whistle backlash begins?

Trevor Noah breaks the internet in South Africa after ‘Daily Show’ announcement

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Trevor Noah is the toast of South Africa.

The 31-year-old standup comedian from Soweto, the black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, has been named Jon Stewart’s successor as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central.

But now he is slipping into the big seat, and South Africans are cheering him on.

Here’s what they’re saying…

South African comedian Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

After months of speculation as to who would replace Jon Stewart’s gigantic shoes on The Daily Show, Comedy Central announced today that South African comedian Trevor Noah, who just recently joined the show, and had his own late night talk show, ‘Tonight with Trevor Noah’ with 2010. Watch Noah’s first appearance on The Daily Show below.

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