After word surfaced over the weekend that South African comedian Trevor Noah was being considered as the new host of The Daily Show, Comedy Central has made it official: Noah will in fact succeed Jon Stewart once the long-time departs the show later this year.
In an interview with the New York Times, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless explained the hire, saying, “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
Noah, who is currently on a comedy tour in Dubai, told the Times: “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.”
Meanwhile, Stewart expressed his approval of Noah in a statement, writing, “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Noah only recently joined The Daily Show as a correspondent after hosting his own late-night show in South Africa. A native off Soweto, Noah was born to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, whose union was illegal during the apartheid era. He speaks six different languages and has been touring the world regularly since the mid-2000s. He was discovered by Stewart in 2013 and joined the show shortly thereafter.
Below, watch Noah’s inaugural segment at The Daily Show.