After a mere three appearances on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, comedian Trevor Noah was chosen to replace the anchor, and this week, the new host takes over. Noah was first spotted on the show back in December, as a new correspondent speaking about how similar America had become to South Africa. It's a tremendous (and unexpected) leap of faith for Comedy Central, given Noah's lack of renown. Names like Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, and Jason Jones had all been tossed out as possible successors, but Noah is interesting for a number of reasons — not all of them positive. Here's what you need to know about the new host!
- He's kind of a big deal in South Africa. The comedian is originally from South Africa, and he appeared on the cover of GQ South Africa. He's also been profiled by Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal.
- He's a pretty funny stand-up comedian. Need proof? Here's the clip of his first appearance, back in December:
- He made his TV debut back in 2012. It was on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno; here's that clip, too!
- He's already faced controversy. The new host probably should have deleted some tweets from the past. Months ago, he got major heat for a few tweets sent between 2011 and July 2014. Some are just tasteless jokes, but others can definitely be perceived as anti-Semitic. Comedy Central responded to the criticism, saying: "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central." Judge for yourself below.
Of course, not all of his tweets are controversial.
No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015
Will you watch him?