Comedy Central has announced that the replacement for comic Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" will be South African Trevor Noah.
Noah follows James Corden — also little-known, also from overseas — who recently began as host of CBS' "Late Late Show" host. Corden is British, as is John Oliver, a veteran of "The Daily Show" who began a well-regarded late-night show on HBO last year.
"It says the world is a much smaller place than it used to be," said Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central president. "I think people will connect with him regardless of where he was born and where he grew up, as a citizen of the world."
Despite the fact that Noah is not from the United States, he said in an interview "I'll bring something different because I am different."
Noah has appeared on the Daily Show several times. "His first, last December, had him joking with Stewart about widespread American misconceptions about Africa. He joked that his friends in South Africa worried that he could catch Ebola traveling in the United States — South Africa hasn't had a case of the disease in 18 years — but that it would be small-minded not to travel in the U.S. because of the danger."
He also made some jokes about Ferguson. "I never thought I'd be more afraid of police here than in South Africa. It kind of made me nostalgic for the old days back home."
Yeah, that's super funny.
Some criticized Comedy Central because they did not chose a woman. "We talked to women and we talked to men, and we really think we found the best person for the job in Trevor," Ganeless said.