Monday, March 30, 2015


By: Connor Glowacki

Trevor Noah.
Photo courtesy of NPR.
     Comedy Central has found a new host for their long running series, The Daily Show, in 31 year old South African comedian Trevor Noah. The network announced on Monday (March 30) that Noah will succeed Jon Stewart after he announced his departure back on February 10.
     Noah had made his debut as an on-air contributor for The Daily Show back in December and has made three appearances. He offered his outsider's perspective, as a biracial South African, on race relations in the United States.
     "I never thought I'd be more afraid of the police here than in South Africa," Noah joked. "It kind of makes me nostalgic for the old days back home."
Noah appearing on The Daily Show
in December.
Photo courtesy of eonline.
     In a statement, Stewart said, "I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous talent and comic that we've loved working with. "

     The main questions surrounding Noah might be his relative youth, which could honestly be a big advantage for Comedy Central and for The Daily Show, but also a possible lack of experience.
    What has set Trevor Noah apart in the comedy world is his work ethic to constantly travel around the world to perform stand-up and his ability to speak six different languages. He began performing in the United States in 2010 and has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Throughout his career, Noah has been an on air personality and contributor on various radio and television shows in South Africa
      Noah grew up in the town of Soweto, where he is the son of a a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father. At the time of the apartheid era, their marriage was illegal.
      Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless said in an interview with The New York Times, "We talked to women, we talked to men. We found Trevor to be the best person for the job. He brings such a unique worldview and a deep understanding of human nature, which makes his comedy so insightful."
John Oliver was considered a favorite to
take over, but is currently hosting
Last Week Tonight on HBO.
Photo courtesy of NBCToday.
     After Stewart announced his eventual departure on the show in February, Comedy Central began making a short list of his possible replacements.
     Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee were all primed favorites, but were already signed on to different shows, with CBS' The Late Show, HBO's Last Week Tonight and an unnamed show on TBS, respectively.
     There is no official date yet for when Stewart will officially end his hosting duties on The Daily Show or when Noah will take over.

Did Comedy Central pick the right person, in Trevor Noah, to replace Jon Stewart?

Leave a comment below or let me know what you think on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

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