Comedy Central has tapped Trevor Noah, a South African comedian, to succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, its influential late-night news satire.
The choice of the 31-year-old Mr. Noah, echoes the selection of Mr Stewart 16 years ago when he succeeded original host Craig Kilborn and began transforming the half-hour nightly show into a sharp skewering of US politics and media that draws a young, male audience that advertisers are eager to reach.
“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,” said Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central president. “He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
Mr Noah joined The Daily Show as a contributor late last year and has made a handful of appearances, as well as performing on NBC’s Tonight Show and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.