NEW YORK – Comedy Central has named Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show.”
Noah, who was recently brought aboard as an on-air contributor, was chosen two months after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving “The Daily Show” after 16 years as its host and principal voice.
Noah replaces the New Jersey-born Stewart as a biracial comic with an international perspective.
In the network’s one-hour late-night comedy block, Noah joins Larry Wilmore, an African-American writer-comedian who in January stepped into Stephen Colbert’s half-hour slot following “The Daily Show.”
Noah has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”
No official date for Stewart’s departure or Noah’s debut has been disclosed.