The cat is finally out of the bag as first reported by The New York Times. Congratulations are in order for Trevor Noah. For those who may not know Noah and are playing catch-up, he is a South African comedian who has also been a radio DJ, actor and TV host. So experience won’t be a factor. Rumors started swirling this past Friday as we discussed on our site that he may be the one to supersede Jon Stewart. In December 2014, Noah became the latest contributor for The Daily Show, debuting on the 4th of the month. Before becoming a coorispondant, Noah had a major role on the South African soap opera Isidingo in 2002, when he was 18. He then began hosting his own radio show Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s leading youth radio station, YFM. Noah then went on to host an educational program Run The Adventure from 2004–06. In 2007 he hosted The Real Goboza, a gossip show, and Siyadlala a SABC’s sports show. In 2008 Noah co-hosted alongside Pabi Moloi on The Amazing Date. In 2009 he hosted the 3rd Annual South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTA Awards). In 2010 he hosted Tonight with Trevor Noah on MNet.
Here’s what Noah had to say once the news spread like wild fire this morning.
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
Comedy Central is expected to make the formal announcement sometime late today. Noah dropped his radio show and acting to focus on comedy. He was the opening act for Gabriel Iglesias in November 2007 and Canadian comedian Russell Peters on his South African tour. On 6 January 2012 Noah became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and on 17 May 2013, he became the first to appear on Late Show with David Letterman. The same year he starred in the one-man comedy show Trevor Noah: The Racist which was based on his similarly titled South African special That’s Racist. In 2013 he performed the comedy special Trevor Noah: African American.