Comedy Central’s late-night staple “The Daily Show” has found its replacement for Jon Stewart, who is leaving after 16 years as host. The New York Times reports that the show is elevating on-air contributor Trevor Noah to the post.
The surprise move comes after Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has made just three appearances on “Daily Show” after debuting in December. Noah, a biracial South African, has been providing an outsider’s perspective, the report notes.
Noah, currently on a comedy tour, commented on the promotion by phone from Dubai.
Said Noah: “You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
The Times adds: “The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to ‘The Daily Show.’ It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.”
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