When Jon Stewart announced that he would be stepping down as host of The Daily Show, reactions were split between “Oh no!” and “Who’s going to take his place?” We now know that correspondent Trevor Noah has officially been tapped as the future face of the satirical news talk show, but it appears that Comedy Central had a selection of A-list comedians that they offered the job to before escorting Noah up the ranks, including Amy Poehler, Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer. Feel free to do a triple-take right now.
This news, which should admittedly be taken with a grain of salt, comes from sports analyst and pop culture connoisseur Bill Simmons, who took to his Twitter page to share his scoop.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m having trouble seeing any of these three stars being very comfortable behind the Daily Show desk, as their brands of comedy don’t really fit in with what Stewart & Co. have built up over the years. Which isn’t to say that I wouldn’t have been completely overjoyed had one of the three agreed to take the job, because even if they had to change things up, it would clearly be in good hands. Amy Poehler is a master at leading a charge (although I might just be thinking of Leslie Knope), Louis C.K. is a master at delivering the depressing realism of any situation, and Amy Poehler is a master at skewering stereotypes.
For those wondering whether Comedy Central was legitimately trying to snag such big names, or if they were just casting out a net of pipe dreams, Simmons followed his first tweet with this.
Had they hounded Schumer, though, that might have meant we wouldn’t be getting future seasons of Inside Amy Schumer. And that would be so bad, you guys. So bad.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that Noah, a South African comedian with a global fanbase, is the one Comedy Central chose, as it’ll give more people in the U.S. a chance to hear his irreverent comedy. Assuming it isn’t TOO irreverent, as Noah immediately took some post-promotion backlash for his social media presence over the years, which has seen the comic making some arguably harsh jokes about nations and their citizens…just like almost every other comedian out there. Suck it up, haters.
Expect Trevor Noah – and not Amy Poehler, Louis C.K. or Amy Schumer – to take over the reins of The Daily Show later this year.