Comedy Central Taps South African Comedian Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart

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Monday morning, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year old South African comedian, will replace Jon Stewart as the host for The Daily Show. Jon Stewart has anchored The Daily Show for 16 years. Trevor Noah has made three appearances on The Daily Show as a correspondent, but he is best known for stand-up comedy, including comedy skits called ”That’s Racist” and “Born A Crime”.

Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and a white Swiss father, at a time when interracial unions were illegal under the Apartheid South African government. His comedy routine titled “Born A Crime” alludes to that personal history. The comedian is multilingual. He is fluent in six languages and in the process of learning a seventh.

In one of his appearances on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah offered his unique perspective as a biracial South African, by telling Jon Stewart and the audience, with a smile:

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.

Later in the episode,  in a segment called “Spot the Africa”, Noah showed two photographs contrasting a dilapidated street to an immaculate super highway. He asked Jon Stewart to identify which road was in Africa, and which was in the United States. Stewart played along, identifying the beat up roadway as probably being from a rebel shelled combat zone in Africa. He identified the modern highway as obviously being in the United States, maybe from Silicon Valley. Noah then corrected him noting that the attractive super highway was in Central Africa. He then delivered the punch line, identifying the crumbling street as American, by stating:

I took that from my cab on the way here from the airport. That’s the FDR.

After finding out that he was chosen to fill Jon Stewart’s shoes, the modest comedian tweeted:

No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!

He is exactly right. There is no replacing Jon Stewart, but Trevor Noah’s gift for comedy will make him a great host for The Daily Show. 

11 Replies to “Comedy Central Taps South African Comedian Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart”

  1. I like him already. Without even seeing him perform. Just the article gave me an insight into his head and personality. Creativity with his humor will bring a lot of fans who don’t just like crass humor but humor with class. I think he’s got it.
    I like that FDR joke. Kinda true. I live in New York I’ve driven the FDR from beginning to end. So, I’ve seen what he talks about. Although it is not all the way on the FDR, only a portion of it. Ok? ;)

  2. I like him. Although I am a little disappointed that Tina Fey, John Fugelsang, or Sarah Silverman wasn’t selected I think Trevor Noah will do a very fine job and make it his own success.

  3. Best of Luck to the man- like another half black half white person in a position of power: He will have to do Twice the Work for Half the Credit, or as reality demonstrates, He could walk on water and they’d say he couldn’t swim.- so far as the Conservatives will whinge.

  4. Noah may be good, but he lacks the uniquely American perspective that Jon Stewart brings to his brilliant observational comedy. I will be getting to bed earlier from Monday thru Thursday nights after Stewart leaves the Daily Show. Maybe Noah will eventually win me back, but I doubt it. He is too young for this gig.

  5. The Daily Show is my escape valve for all the
    outrage that builds up viewing conventional
    news venues. Both Stewart and Colbert have
    helped me get through the current administ-
    ration’s disrespectful reception and outright
    deliberate obstruction with medicinal humor.
    Wish Louis Black had gotten Jon’s chair, but
    my best wishes go to Noah.

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