Trevor Noah. (Photo: Peter Yang)
Johannesburg - Trevor Noah says he had no idea he would be selected as the new host of The Daily Show and sat in stunned silence when he was told the news.
"Every job I do is a big job for me. It's just now this is another step in that world of big jobs for me. I understand the prestige and the position of the show so I appreciate it and I don't take it for granted," he says
"I had tour dates ready. I was still doing shows... I was touring and now I've obviously had to scale down to get ready to take over the show. But no. I had no idea whatsoever," he says.
"I kept quiet. Then I told two of my friends who were with me," he says. "When I got out the car I had to sit, just for a moment, to take it all in. To breath. Luckily we were already going out... so we went out and said 'now we get to go out and celebrate.'"
Still, he says he's nervous for his first show as host, as he is ahead of most gigs.