With The Daily Show soon to be losing Jon Stewart later this year, it comes as no surprise the network would already be searching for its longtime host's replacement. Who would fill the shoes, up to this point, was anybody's guess but with the latest news that Comedy Central may be looking at one of its newest correspondents Trevor Noah, we may have found our answer.
Trevor Noah may have only joined The Daily Show about six months ago but that isn't stopping Comedy Central from seriously considering him as Jon Stewart's replacement. As Variety suggests, sources close to the situation say he has been moved to the short list but at this time no final decision has been reached. The network has refused to comment or speculate on whether Noah was under consideration at the moment.
Noah is a 31-year-old South African actor/comedian with a resume dating back to when he was only 18 years old. He began working as an actor in soap operas before hosting his own radio show Noah's Ark on a leading youth radio station in Gauteng. He's hosted educational programs, gossip shows, sports shows and reality TV series' and in 2010 became the spokesperson for South Africa's third largest cellular provider Cell C. He was the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman all prior to his becoming a contributor for The Daily Show late last year. So he most certainly has an interesting track record and a good deal of experience under his belt.
The latest suggestion that Noah is being strongly considered comes after the announcement earlier this month that longtime Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee would not be taking the gig upon Stewart's exit. Bee, who many thought was a strong candidate, will be moving to TBS to act as host of her own satirical show, which she will create with her husband Jason Jones (also formerly of The Daily Show). Her show is set to begin airing in the fall season. The Daily Show's Jessica Jones has also eliminated herself as a replacement to Stewart, declaring herself “unqualified” for the role, so that brings us back to Noah.
Having hosted a latenight show in South Africa for two seasons and proven he can work with edgy topics like race and politics, he certainly has showed he can handle difficult material. Also, Variety notes that Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman has “sought people able to articulate a unique world view,” and that appears to be something Noah is able to do. Nothing is etched in stone at this point and it's likely to stay that way for awhile longer so as not to disrupt the remainder of Stewart's run as host of the show.