Jon Stewart announced earlier this year that his time helming The Daily Show is coming to an end. We don’t know when his final show will be, but we do know it’s coming, and since the show has become one of Comedy Central’s staple shows – as well as a wonderful piece of TV four nights a week – it’s natural to assume someone will take over Stewart’s post and The Daily Show will live on. But who will take his place? Comedian Trevor Noah, of course.
If you’re not familiar with Trevor Noah, he’s a South African comedian who joined the series as a corespondent only a few months ago but fit right in with the established team that’s been there for years.
Trever Noah, a 31-year-old standup comedian who grew up in South Africa and speaks six languages will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Noah has minimal television experience, but he has appeared in several Daily Show segments. He’s currently in Dubai on a standup comedy tour, and told the Times by phone that the news was still sinking in. “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah said. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
Jon Stewart reportedly told Noah, “I was where you were when I took over the show. Nobody knew me. I was just starting out, finding my voice, and that’s when I was handed this seat.”
In a statement, Stewart also called Noah “a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless told the Times, “He brings such a unique worldview and a deep understanding of human nature, which makes his comedy so insightful. He’s truly a student of the world.”
I actually really like this move. I think it’s smart and will usher in a new era of the show. Noah is not yet well-known enough in the US for anyone to have formed a solid opinion of him, so we can really get to know him the way we did with Jon when he took over the desk.
What do you think?