Ever since Jon Stewart announced his upcoming departure from The Daily Show, the internet has been running wild trying to guess who would be taking his place. Fans speculated about everyone from former Daily Show correspondents like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver, to current standouts like Jessica Williams. Others suggested Comedy Central should think outside its own backyard and aim for someone unexpected like Amy Poehler or Tina Fey, both of whom proved their news comedy chops behind the desk of SNL’s weekend update. Now, after months of speculation, we have our answer. Stand up comedian and Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah will officially inherit the reins of The Daily Show when Jon Stewart steps down.
Of course the answer to one question leads to a thousand more. What will Trevor Noah’s Daily Show look like? Will current members of the team stay or go? And most importantly, just who is Trevor Noah? We did a deep YouTube research dive on Jon Stewart’s heir apparent so we can tell you everything you need to know.
Noah was born and raised in South Africa, the only child of a mixed race couple during apartheid. As a result race and ethnicity are frequent themes in his comedy act. In a time when race is very much on the public’s mind and in the news, hiring a comic who is comfortable and skilled at talking about race is a smart move for The Daily Show.
At 18 Noah had his first major role on the long running South African soap Isidingo.
After his time in soaps Noah made a shift into radio, working as a DJ before returning to television as a presenter and host on several award programs and reality shows. His reality career culminated in a turn on the popular celebrity dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, known in the U.S. as Dancing With The Stars.
After a few more hosting gigs, including the the 16th Annual South African Music Awards, Noah turned his back on his reality TV, hosting, and radio careers to focus exclusively on comedy — a move that would pay off in 2012 when he became the first African American standup comic to appear on The Tonight Show.
And again in 2013 when he became the first to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman.
After a series of breakout performances, he landed a spot on the UK’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats as a recurring panelist.
In 2014 he joined The Daily Show as a recurring contributor. The timing proved fortuitious for Noah, who found himself in the perfect position to succeed Stewart as host of the hugely popular show.
There’s already been some rumbling on Twitter about how Noah, a South African native, will take on a show whose primary focus is American news and politics. Based on his time on The Daily Show, it’s clear that Noah has a firm grasp on American culture, history, and politics and the associated, shall we say, quirks of each.
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