5 Facts About Trevor Noah, The New Host Of The Daily Show

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It’s happening, guys. Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show just became even more real, because they’ve officially hired his replacement. Comedian Trevor Noah will be the new host of the Comedy Central show. In a statement to the New York Times, Trevor had this to say about finding out he got the gig:

“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.”

Jon Stewart also said he’s “thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” while Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless explained the decision:

“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.”

There’s a good chance you heard Trevor’s name and immediately asked, “Who?” I certainly hadn’t heard of him. So here are five basic facts to help you get to know your new Daily Show host.

1. He’s 31.

That’s pretty young, considering Jon Stewart is currently 52 and was older than Trevor is when he started hosting. But maybe he’ll bring a fresh perspective to the show that audiences will end up enjoying.

2. He’s from South Africa.

Trevor’s parents were in an interracial relationship which was illegal during apartheid. He explained to the Times that his mother couldn’t even put his father’s name on his birth certificate. He also says that growing up he was taught that “speaking freely about anything, as a person of color, was considered treason.”

3. He’s been a correspondent on the show since December.

He’s only appeared in three episodes of the show, and it was these segments, in addition to his other performances, which got him the job. He didn’t have any formal audition for the gig. You can watch one of his appearances on the show below.

4. He’s been a host before.

Even before he was on The Daily Show, Trevor was a host. After acting in a South African soap opera, Trevor turned to radio hosting. He’s also hosted a dating show and award shows.

5. He’s done stand-up.

Trevor was the first South African comedian to perform on The Tonight Show and The Late Show. He’s also starred in a one-man comedy show and was the subject of a documentary in 2012 called You Laugh But It’s True. You can watch his special Trevor Noah: African American on Netflix.

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