By Shannon Carlin
The Daily Show has named Jon Stewart‘s replacement, but it may not be a name you’re familiar with.
Comedy Central announced that 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah will be taking Stewart’s position at the desk. In February, Stewart revealed that he’ll be stepping down as host of the show at some point later this year, and there had been much speculation as to who would replace him.
Noah has previously appeared on the show as a correspondent, making his debut in December and appearing only three times on the series.
But while some will question whether Noah is ready to head up such an iconic show, Stewart knows the biracial comedian who speaks some half-dozen languages is the man for the job.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Stewart even added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”
In an interview with The New York Times, Noah talked about his new gig over the phone from Dubai where he is currently on a comedy tour: “You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
We have to imagine Noah is over the moon to know he’s the new host of The Daily Show, especially after seeing how excited he was in December just to appear on the show.