Cape Town – The South African comedian Trevor Noah is the frontrunner set to replace Jon Stewart on the satirical The Daily Show on Comedy Central (DStv 122) later this year.
Stewart announced his retirement last month from Comedy Central’s signature show; his current contract is set to expire in September.
Noah has now emerged as the frontrunner to replace Stewart, although he only made his first appearance on The Daily Show as a senior international correspondent on 4 December 2014.
Before that Noah appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013, and early in 2012 became the first South African comedian and “first African comedian” to appear and do stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His Showtime channel stand-up special, Trevor Noah: African American was broadcast in 2013.
Comedy Central says “we are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals”.
According to sources Viacom’s Comedy Central wants a new host for The Daily Show “who is not another white guy”.
Although Noah on The Daily Show plays an uninformed American, clueless of international events and is seen as African-American, his mother is South African and his father is Swiss.
The Hollywood trade publication Variety reports “Comedy Central’s selection process has accelerated in recent days” according to Viacom executives and that Noah “has moved to a short list being put together by executives”.
Noah, repped by Creative Artists Agency in America, previous did his own local talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net from August 2010 which lasted two seasons. His Nationwide Comedy Tour has just been added by MultiChoice to DStv’s DStv BoxOffice video-on-demand service.
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