At age 36, Jon Stewart went from a modest stand-up comedian to the seat that would make him a household name. Now he’s a little long-in-the-tooth for the daily grind of creating television news satire that’s more informative than your average news broadcast and is looking to do other things. That leaves Comedy Central in a lurch; their flagship needs a new captain. They’ve already lost out on John Oliver, Rob Corddry, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, and any number of potential hosts from within the ranks. But they’re promoting from within anyway. Trevor Noah, a South African stand-up comedian who has been on The Daily Show three times, is taking over as the host.
“Over the years, Mr. Noah has proved that laughter is the best medicine and has helped our country and its people to find healing through laughing at themselves,” said South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa to Reuters.
Replacing the retiring Stewart is going to be a tough challenge, and it represents a major shift in tone for Comedy Central’s late night shows. And by tone, I mean skin-tone. Between Larry Wilmore and the 31-year-old Noah, it’s like CC is trying to single-handedly shift the ethnicity balance of late night. Here’s hoping he’s as funny behind the desk as he was with the microphone in his hands.
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