South African comedian Trevor Noah has been chosen as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show,” the New York Times reports.
The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the satirical program in December. His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in Ferguson, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.”
In January, Stewart announced he would be stepping down after leading the hosted the comedy show for 16 years. He has yet to announced the date of his departure.
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.”
Stewart added he “may rejoin [The Daily Show] as a correspondent just to be a part of it!”
Noah is a relative unknown in the States, but has hosted numerous television shows in his native country – including his own late night talk show.
Below, Noah’s “Daily Show” debut: