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Trevor Noah: Get to know the next 'Daily Show' host

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Posted at 8:54 AM, Mar 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-30 09:21:31-04

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."

There's going to be a new top pundit in the world of satirical cable television news.

After weeks of speculation regarding who would replace Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central's long-running "The Daily Show," the answer was revealed Monday morning in Trevor Noah, one of the show's correspondents.

A New York Timesreport confirmed Noah had been selected to take over the coveted spot in December, once Stewart steps down. He had been rumored as the "leading candidate" over the weekend, according to sources close to the decision.

 

 

So, who is Trevor Noah?

The 31-year-old comedian is arguably the top stand-up performer from his native South Africa. He's a relative newcomer to "The Daily Show's" stable of correspondents, joining the program just last year.

Noah has done several filmed stand-up specials, including a 2013 show called "Trevor Noah: African American," which aired in the U.S. on Showtime. Below is a short performance he did on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 2013.

Before making it in America, Noah worked as a television and radio host in South Africa. In 2008, he was runner-up on a reality dance competition show called "Strictly Come Dancing" and also co-hosted a dating game show on South African television.

In February 2013, he drew some criticism from his South African countrymen for tweeting a joke about Oscar Pistorius after the former Olympic athlete was arrested.

Noah has no American movie credits to his name, according to the Internet Movie Database.

 

 

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.