Comedy Central announces that Noah is the new host of The Daily Show. Comedy Central president:
Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. 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.
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. 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.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Noah talks about The Daily Show and his role. Noah doesn’t consider himself to be taking over the show, but rather he is simply joining a successful team of writers and producers. He goes on to talk about similarities between he and Stewart: they share the same progressive ideology and “think in a global space.” Noah says he is looking forward to being a part of election coverage because he loves the drama surrounding the campaigns.
I don’t think of taking over. I’m joining the team. It’s a huge ship that has won Emmys and Peabodys for a reason, because it’s a fantastic team of writers and producers working to make that show magic…One thing we both share: We are both progressives. Obviously where you’re from may inform a lot of your decisions. But traveling the world I’ve learned that progressives, regardless of their locations, think in a global space…When you are honest in your comedy, you have to acknowledge the world that you’re in. Through a comedic voice you’re talking about what needs to be talked about, whether it’s race relations or politics or anything that’s happening on a global or an American scale. That’s exactly the space “The Daily Show” is in.
Noah is voted personality of the year at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban, South Africa. He tweets: