Trevor Noah has some big shoes to fill!
The comedian is taking the place of “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who said goodbye to fans Thursday night after 16 years.
Noah was announced as the new host back in March, and since then we’ve learned a few things about the 31-year-old.
For starters, Trevor is a well-known comic who hails from South Africa, where he once starred in a soap opera called “Isidingo” and later had his own late-night show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”
He made his debut in the US in 2012 on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” followed by an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Noah even had a documentary made about his life, “You Laugh But It’s True,” which focused on his life as a comedian post-apartheid.
In 2013, he landed his own Showtime special, “Trevor Noah: African-American,” before joining “The Daily Show” as a correspondent in 2014.
When he takes the helm of “The Daily Show” on Sept. 28, fans can expect a few changes.
Noah told Entertainment Weekly that he will focus less on FOX News and more on the news as a whole.
“The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24-hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” he said. “That’s what inspired ‘The Daily Show.’ Now you look at news, and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24-hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the BuzzFeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything.“
Trevor added that there will be a shift in perspective too, considering he and Jon come from different backgrounds. “The way we look at the same story will be completely different,” he said. “We have different access to different jokes, different sides, different sensitivities… the most important thing is the place that you come from.”
After taking heat over some tweets earlier this year, he wants people to know, “I don’t strive to be offensive, but you can never control what people find offensive or not. Any joke can be seen as offensive. When people get to know you, and when you know a person, you know the context of a joke. Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better articulate context].”
The star speaks seven languages and will bring his “affinity for picking up on accents and tones” to the show, but he insists, “I don’t think somebody’s accent is inherently funny.”
Noah added that “the biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me. Jon believes in me… for years we’ve been talking. I never dreamed I’d be sitting in this chair. I guess he knew something about me that I didn’t know at the time. There’s an immense pressure, personally, but it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”
Following Stewart's goodbye, "Daily Show" correspondent Mo Rocca snapped a pic of Stewart and Trevor at the after party and shared it on Twitter with the caption, "The Handoff."
The Handoff pic.twitter.com/jiY2Ne2wbm— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) August 7, 2015
Noah also tweeted: