Comedy Central has enjoyed great success with the one-two punch of satirical news series The Daily Show and The Colbert Report over the past decade, but the times they are a changing. Stephen Colbert ended his spinoff TV show last year, ahead of him taking over as the new host of The Last Show. Meanwhile, it was just a couple months ago when Jon Stewart announced his retirement as The Daily Show's host - and today, his replacement has been officially confirmed.
That would be Trevor Noah, who became a Daily Show contributor last year; however, Noah's resume is far more extensive than that. The South African comedian/writer has enjoyed a very successful career as a stand-up performer - enough so for him to have become one of Africa's most popular comedians. He's also previously served as host on a handful of series in his home country, including on the educational TV show Run The Adventure (from 2004-06); The Real Goboza, a gossip TV show launched in 2007; and his own Tonight with Trevor Noah series in 2010.
The announcement that Noah is assuming The Daily Show's host chair from Stewart was made earlier today, by Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. A specific date for the beginning of Noah's run on the series has not yet been set in stone, though it will presumably take place in the fall - unless Stewart signs off earlier than he is expected to, anyway. Ganeless has issued the following statement for the time being, regarding Noah's potential as the new Daily Show host.
“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
Noah also released a public statement, voicing his excitement about signing on full-time for "an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world." Stewart, in his own statement, added that Noah is a "tremendous comic and talent" and joked that he may rejoin The Daily Show as a correspondent during Noah's run as host "just to be a part of it!!!"
Reactions to the news of Noah's confirmation as Daily Show host have already begun to pop up - like, Chris Rock Tweeting "Thank you president Obama" in response to the news. Meanwhile, news industry figures such as New York Times journalist Bill Carter have already praised the decision as being the "boldest late-nite move yet" - following changes-ups that include Colbert taking over from David Letterman on The Late Show soon and James Corden having recently begun his run hosting The Late Late Show (where he took over from Craig Ferguson).
Obviously, there's not going to be universal support for Noah as the new Daily Show head - given the variety of dream picks nominated by fans since Stewart announced his retirement. Noah will no doubt be prepared for whatever controversy surrounds his appointment. He even dealt with prickly subject matter (through politically-charged comedy work) well before he joined The Daily Show - having previously focused on his mixed racial heritage and/or his experience as a comic in post-Apartheid South Africa, with his stand-up work.
How about it - does Noah sound like a promising candidate to lead The Daily Show's weekly skewering of politics and major events in the United States (as well as other major news networks' coverage of said developments)? Does his selection come as a huge surprise, given the other names that've been tossed around as potentials to follow Stewart's run on the show?
The Daily Show airs week-nights on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah will take over as host later this year.
Source: Comedy Central