South African Trevor Noah new host of America’s “The Daily Show”

| March 30, 2015

trevor-noah_pri-crpCongratulations to South African comedian Trevor Noah who has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning American television “The Daily Show,” announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, Comedy Central. His show’s premiere will be announced at a later date.

SAABC is super proud of you Trevor! SA expats in the U.S. will surely be amongst your greatest fans.

NY Times reports Noah’s response from Dubai where he was traveling when news broke was: “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

Trevor Noah & Jon StewartOn Twitter he changed his profile photo to a picture of him with Jon Stewart with a first tweet: “No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”

Noah (www.trevornoah.com) joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless. “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.”

Watch Trevor on “The Daily Show”.

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”

Said Jon Stewart: “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film “You Laugh But It’s True” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. Noah’s one-man show “The Racist” at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe was a sold out run that became one of the most talked about shows at the Festival that year. Recently, Noah performed for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.

Noah (@TrevorNoah) was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Noah is represented by LEG, CAA, and Morris Yorn.

Trevor Noah
Image: on.cc.com/110f71h
Video: youtu.be/AHO1a1kvZGo (“The Daily Show”); youtu.be/IkaaEqbor5U (stand-up)
Website: www.trevornoah.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialTrevorNoah
Instagram: TrevorNoah
Twitter: @TrevorNoah

“The Daily Show” (Twitter and Facebook) airs Monday-Thursday at 11:00 p.m. and repeats at 1:00 a.m. the same night and at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. the following day (all times ET/PT). Full episodes are posted for streaming at thedailyshow.cc.com and on the Comedy Central App.

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