Jon Stewart might be signing off for good (and we’re definitely sad), but it isn’t all bad news. His replacement, Trevor Noah, has a pretty darned good resume. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s incredibly funny, young and kinda cute. Oh, and did we mention he’s got an outside perspective on American news, having been born and raised in South Africa?
Here are 12 other things you need to know about the new host:
The 31-year old was born in a South African township to a black mother and white father. It’s a self-identifier he uses often in his comedy in order to highlight racial issues in the world. Spoiler alert: it works quite well for him. At least if we’re going by all of his sold-out shows.
He’s got a cool upbringing
Noah often jokes that he was “born a crime” in that his parents’ marriage was illegal back in 1984 because it was bi-racial. His mother was even fined and jailed for it, and growing up he could never walk down the street with the two of them together.
His mom keeps him real
“Both of my boys are doing big things in the world,” was her response to him getting The Daily Show gig. She was referring to his much younger brother’s new gig on his high school’s student council.
He speaks several languages
Seriously, several: English, German and six South African languages as well for a grand total of eight.
He does even more accents
Among them: Middle Eastern, Mexican, South African, several American and even the light-sabres from Star Wars. That’s talent.
He’s pretty political
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 16, 2015
He’s a stand-up comedian
Okay so this is obvious. But hey, it’s pretty cool that he’s doing JFL in Toronto two days before his Sept. 28 premiere, right?
He’s social-media savvy
Yep – he loves taking selfies.
He’s pretty wise
If we can’t find reasons to laugh then we will only ever cry. Happy and sad are two sides of the same coin.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 13, 2015
From the horse’s mouth.
He’s got a soap opera on his resume
His first gig was a performance on Isidingo, a South African soap when he was 18 years old.
He’s already made history
Noah was the first South African comedian on both The Tonight Show and Late Night With David Letterman.
And most importantly, he’s got royal connections
The comedian once performed for the royal family as part of The Royal Variety Performances along with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato. Now those are some friends in high places.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah kicks off Sept. 28 on CTV.