Stewart offered his endorsement on Monday.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” he said. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with … In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be part of it.”
In South Africa, the announcement made breaking news on a national television news station. On social media, Noah’s name became a trending topic within minutes, with some Twitter users saying he not only represented South Africa, but the African continent.
“I’m sure he’ll turn it into his own thing,” said South African comedian Loyiso Gola, who now also hosts an International Emmy-nominated local news satire show. As comedy grew in South Africa after apartheid, Noah and his fellow comedians began selling out large venues, and soon began touring internationally.
“Out of a lot of guys I know in comedy, he probably works the hardest,” said Gola, adding that Noah had spent years honing his stand-up routine.
Noah used his biracial identity to challenge South Africa’s race issues, using personal anecdotes from his own life. Growing up biracial in the formerly segregated township of Soweto, Noah once said his birth was a crime.
South Africa’s idiosyncrasies, from party politics to the high crime rate, provided regular material.
“It’s good for everything South African and it’s good for comedy,” said Gola.
Noah, who has appeared on Jay Leno and David Letterman, was the subject of a documentary film by David Paul Meyer, “You Laugh But It’s True,” which followed his career in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” said Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central president. “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.” – See more at: http://www.youngtribune.com