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Comedian Trevor Noah Named New The Daily Show Host

Comedian Trevor Noah Named New The Daily Show Host

Trevor Noah

The 31-year-old South African-born comedian is one of the most recent 'correspondent' additions and now will take over for Jon Stewart after he steps down later this summer.


After three appearances on The Daily Show as a "correspondent," Trevor Noah has seemingly hit the jackpot.

The New York Times reports that Noah, a 31-year-old, biracial South African-born comedian who is relatively unknown to most American audiences will take over for 52-year-old Jon Stewart when he departs the highly successful Comedy Central franchise later this summer. Stewart told the Times that he may return occassionally as a "correspondent" as well -- "just to be a part of it!!!"

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah told the New York Times, speaking from Dubai about receiving the news. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

People may not recall that Stewart, when he joined The Daily Show in 1998, replacing host Craig Kilborn, was a struggling comedian who had several failed TV hosting gigs and people predicted that he couldn't replace popular Kilborn. Stewart went on to transform the "fake news" program, making it a must-watch and the second-longest running program on Comedy Central (after South Park) and responsible for the careers of many other comedic actors. The fact they are putting a young, nonwhite performer such as Noah at the helm of the influential comedy series certainly makes quite a statement.

Noah said he knows he'll face lots of criticism. "We live in a world where some people still say Beyonce can't sing," he said. "Clearly I'm not immune to that."

His Showtime special African American is available and check out a clip below:

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