Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart as ‘Daily Show’ Host

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Trevor Noah will have some big shoes to fill.

Nearly two months after Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show, Comedy Central has hired Noah, a comedian from South Africa. The New York Times was the first to report the news.

“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah, who’s currently on a comedy tour in Dubai, told the paper. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you really can’t get alcohol.”

The 31-year-old made his Daily Show debut as an on-air contributor in December and has made a mere three appearances on the show.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with,” Stewart, who has sat on Daily Show chair for 16 years, said of the hire. [via NYT]

According to Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless, the network “talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job.”

Naturally, the Internet and the comedy world are already celebrating Noah’s new job, start date TBD.

Details on Stewart’s last show have yet to be announced.

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