|Looking at the news he has to cover, I expect he'll be making this face a lot.|
Comedy Central has found their successor for John Stewart, and his name is Trevor Noah. A fairly recent addition to the show, Trevor has nonetheless found a voice and a following as a correspondent, and now he gets his chance to try taking over the desk. Honestly, this is what we expected - the last two hosts of the Daily Show were not established comedians, but newcomers who were given a shot and ran with it. Based on what he's done so far on the show, Noah should do a fantastic job behind the desk. Here's his and Stewart's thoughts, from the New York Times:
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to “The Daily Show.” It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”
Hopefully, the Daily Show audience can accept the show with someone other than Stewart at the helm, but we have a lot of faith.