South Africa’s top comedian Trevor Noah have been tapped to join Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewartthe cable network’s late-night satirical news show. Named one of “Thirteen African Celebrities To Watch In 2013” by Forbes, Noah will join the Emmy and Peabody award-winning daily show starting in December as a contributor.

Confirming the announcement of his new gig via Twitter, Noah tweeted, “thank you so much for all your love and support. Being a part of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is such an honour. I can’t wait to start!”


Noah, who is currently on the cover of GQ South Africa has been a popular host for numerous television shows in South Africa, including the South African Comedy Festival and two seasons of his own late-night talker. A finalist for Personality of the Year at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, Noah had his U.S. television debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night shows. Boasting an impressive Twitter following of 1.5 million, the highest of any comedian from Africa, Noah’s Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American” premiered in the U.S. in 2013.

Noah’s popularity outside of South Africa, was fueled by his one-man show ‘The Racist’ at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it sold out and created a major buzz and in the same year, Noah was also the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary, ‘You Laugh But It’s True’ which chronicled the comedian’s career in post-apartheid South Africa.

Last November, it was reported that Noah had sold a sitcom pilot to Fox Network based on his life growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white Swiss father. According to Deadline, the show will be written by Modern Family and Goodwin Games writer Sameer Gardezi and produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment.

Noah has said about comedy in Africa, “I would dare to say South Africa has the most liberal comedy scene on the continent. We have comedians talking about anything and everything – sex, religion, government, whatever it is.”

Noah is currently touring Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

By Farai Gundan, Forbes Magazine.

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