When people started speculating who would replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah's name probably wasn't high on anyone's list. The comedian only recently joined the show, filing his first segment this past December and just two since, and is otherwise a relatively unknown figure to the US audience.
No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015
But Noah, who grew up Johannesburg, South Africa, fits the bill as a comedian who's apt at being an outsider looking in. It's the same kind of thing you'd say about John Oliver, whose brief stint as TDS guest host served as a launching pad for a wildly successful HBO show, Last Week Tonight.
An outsider looking in — something often said about John Oliver
Noah, who was the subject of David Meyer's documentary You Laugh But It's True (available on Netflix), was the first stand-up comedian from South Africa to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. (Ditto for The Tonight Show, but alas, we can't find a decent quality clip of that appearance.) His latest stand-up special, Trevor Noah: African American special, is available on both Hulu and Netflix.
We're many months away from finding out what The Daily Show with Trevor Noah looks like. Until then, get to know Noah with these video highlights.
The Daily Show segments
You Laugh But It's True is available on Netflix.
Listen to Noah talk with Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher on The Champs.
This is Noah's introductory episode of the now-aptly-titled The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart.
Here's Noah talking to NPR's Neal Conan in 2012 for Talk of the Nation.