The long, painful search has ended. This morning Comedy Central made an official announcement that young South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.
Rumours began circulating this weekend that Noah, who fans will recognize as being a contributor on The Daily Show since this past December, would be taking over the desk on the long-running nightly political satire. The news was confirmed early this morning in a statement by Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job… Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny.”
Stewart, who has hosted the show since 1999 and broke fans’ hearts when announced that he was leaving a couple months back, said that he is excited with Noah taking over his spot. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
In case you’re wondering who the heck Noah is and why he is qualified for such a feat, he’s actually been an international stand-up comic for years. He’s also a bit of a brainiac. He speaks six different languages and his comedy revolves around race and international issues.
So far no date has been announced for when Stewart is leaving and when Noah will take over.
In the meantime, here is a taste of Trevor from his first appearance on The Daily Show last December. How do you feel about Jon’s replacement?