Everything You Need To Know About Trevor Noah, The New Daily Show Host
South African comedian Trevor Noah is set to take over from veteran Comedy Central news show presenter Jon Stewart...
American television channel Comedy Central has finally made the eagerly anticipated announcement about John Stewart’s replacement as host of the popular satirical programme The Daily Show.
Comedian Trevor Noah will start his tenure as the new host at the end of 2015.
Who is this guy?
Trevor Noah is a 31-year-old South African comedian and political satirist, Coming from a diverse, multicultural background (his mother is a black South African/Xhosa and his father is white of Swiss-German descent), Noah is a renowned polyglot. He speaks six or eight languages including English, German, isiZulu, Sotho, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
If you don't believe it, check out this video of Noah "seducing" Stephen Fry with his Xhosa tongue-clicking on QI:
What's he famous for?
Having kicked off his TV career at the tender age of 18 in South African show Isidingo, Noah quickly rose to prominence with a series of radio and TV programme appearances, including YFM radio, the South African version of Strictly Come Dancing and the South African Music Awards.
He has done live stand-up comedy all over South Africa. After stunning turns in British panel shows QI and 8 Out of 10 Cats he gained some global appeal, also appearing in The Late Show with David Letterman and three times on The Daily Show itself as guestcorrespondent.
In 2014 he was one of the nominees at the MTV Africa Music Awards for Personality of the Year.
So, how did he get such a great gig at the DS?
As unexpected as Comedy Central's choice was, it was generally welcomed by the vast majority of the show’s fans.
After the departures of more experienced correspondents, including Brit John Oliver (HBO), Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (TBS), Michael Che (SNL), and the refusal of Jessica Williams to take over, the options appeared to be limited.
But after just three appearances at the show Trevor seems to have charmed the fans and swiftly won over those doubting him. The president of Comedy Central, Michele Ganeless, explains:
“We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job. You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart — there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
What does he say:
Having grown up in a mixed race, a union that was illegal in the apartheid-era South Africa, Noah has always been outspoken about racial issues, but is careful not to position himself as a representative of the whole continent.
On being "a comedian from Africa":
“They make it sound like a guy in leopard skin’s going to come running on the stage.”
"You have to work a bit harder to offend me because I'm from the home of some of the best racism in the world. I'm a snob when it comes to racism."
On police brutality:
"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."
On Bruce Jenner's gender change:
"Looking at how successful all the Kardashian women are, I don't blame Bruce Jenner at all."
I'm sold! When does he start?
It's still not clear quite when Stewart is going to go – the general consensus is that Noah will take over around late 2015 or early 2016. Watch this space!