Comedy Central is breaking new ground by hiring a little known South African comedian to replace Jon Stewart, the burned-out host of the wildly popular “Daily Show”.
Trevor Noah, 31, is not new to “The Daily Show” audience. He has appeared on the Stewart’s show three times since joining as a contributor in December.
Noah shares Stewart’s quick wit and his knack for applying liberal satire to current news events and entertainment.
Aside from those attributes, Noah will save the network millions of dollars in salaries and bonuses paid to Stewart throughout his 16 year tenure as host of “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,” Noah said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Noah also appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He explore hotbed political and racial issues in his one-man show: The Racist.
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