Noah tweeted this picture of himself with Jon Stewart following his debut on The Daily Show last year[/caption]
South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports.The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December. His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.” Stewart announced he would be stepping down in January. He has hosted the influential comedy show for 16 years. The presenter has yet to set a timetable for his departure, but the selection of a replacement should make the task easier. Producers will want to give Noah time to settle into this new role before next year’s Presidential election. Speaking to the New York Times from Dubai, where he is on tour, the comedian expressed disbelief at his appointment. “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” he said. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.” “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” said Stewart in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” The star added he “may rejoin [The Daily Show] as a correspondent just to be a part of it!” Comedian Chris Rock, who had been touted as a possible replacement for Stewart, tweeted: “Thank you president Obama” Under Stewart’s guidance, The Daily Show has become one of the most important political programmes on US television. Even though he insists he is a comedian, not a journalist, Stewart’s passionate monologues on politics, race and social justice exert a real influence on political debate in the United States. “He essentially invented a new way to deliver the news that spoke to a younger generation less trusting of the traditional sources but still very interested in the world.” said Dan Pfeiffer, an adviser to President Barack Obama, when Stewart announced he was quitting. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren added: “Washington is rigged for the big guys – and no person has more consistently called them out for it than Jon Stewart. Good luck, Jon!” As well as Stewart, the Daily Show has also nurtured the careers of comedians such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver – all of whom started off a “reporters” in the show’s fake newsroom set-up.