South African Comic Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart at The Daily Show
The New York Times reports that 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah is your next Daily Show host. Noah first appeared on the show in December to talk about police brutality in America and South Africa. He's contributed on-air only twice since then.
Here's his December debut, where he jokes, "I never thought I'd be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa. It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home." Noah, who grew up in Soweto, is the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, per the Times. He has said that his parents' relationship was illegal under apartheid at the time of his birth.
Comedy Central says Noah will take over for Jon Stewart later this year. (Stewart announced he was leaving the show in February.)
Though he did not have a formal audition for the hosting gig, according to the Times, Noah impressed Comedy Central with his appearances on the show and elsewhere. Here he is riffing on sports in America during his recent comedy special African American:
And here he is recounting an experience with a racist Malibu surfer in 2013:
He's also appeared on the BBC to talk about the Zulu people of South Africa and demonstrate click-singing.
Noah commented on his hiring to the Times from Dubai, where he's currently on tour: "You don't believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."
Stewart told the Times, "I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with." The Times also reports that longtime Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee pushed for Noah's hiring.
Noah says that despite all this, he expects criticism: "We live in a world where some people still say Beyoncé can't sing. Clearly I'm not immune to that."