Back in February Jon Stewart announced his sudden departure from The Daily Show, after a successful 16-year run. And while Stewart will indeed be missed, there’s a new replacement in town: Trevor Noah.
The 31 year-old South African native made his debut on the show in December of last year, winning the approval of many with his humorous commentary of America from an outsider’s perspective. His his biracial roots also added an interesting mix. After just a mere three appearances on the show, he’s getting promoted to the top spot. Which could be hard for him to soberly comprehend.
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” he told The New York Times over the phone from Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
And Noah’s predecessor, Jon Stewart, could not be any more excited for him.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
But there’s no denying that Noah’s cultured upbringing and diverse view of the world (he speaks six languages) catapulted him to take the spot. Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central’s president said in a statement that she’s thrilled with her new hire.
“He brings such a unique worldview and a deep understanding of human nature, which makes his comedy so insightful,” she said. “He’s truly a student of the world.”
There’s no word as of yet when Trevor will take over, but stay tuned. – Richy Rosario