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BREAKING NEWS: TREVOR NOAH NEW ‘THE DAILY SHOW’ HOST

31 YEAR-OLD TREVOR NOAH TO TAKE THE HELM OF COMEDY CENTRAL’S FLAGSHIP SHOW LATER THIS YEAR

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Daily Show, it was announced today by Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122).

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.”

Michele Ganeless, President of Comedy Central

Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.

“It’s an honour 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.”

Trevor Noah

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!”

– Jon Stewart, outgoing host of The Daily Show

Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show as the highest paid late night TV host. Stewart pockets around $25-$30 million per year, according to TVGuide.com in 2013. There’s no word as to what Noah’s salary package will look like.

“When you hear that a South African comedian is going replace Jon Stewart as the  host of the most trusted satirical comedy show in the world, you know it’s  a great day for Trevor Noah and an extraordinary milestone for African comedy.  Supporting African comedians and comedy has been one of the key tenets of Comedy Central Africa since we started, and we salute  Noah’s achievement with pride in our hearts and a tear in our eye.”

– Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central Africa

Trevor Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film “You Laugh But It’s True” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. Noah’s one-man show “The Racist” at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe was a sold out run that became one of the most talked about shows at the Festival that year. Recently, Noah performed for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.

Trevor Noah will be performing in South Africa at Montecasino, with his latest show Lost In Translation from May 29 to June 28. His The Daily Show premiere will be announced at a later date.

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