5 years and counting - Comedy Central celebrates Trevor Noah's success as Daily Show host

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  • Comedy Central is celebrating five years of Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
  • Trevor took over the satirical news show from Jon Stewart in 2015, and since then has become one of the most popular late-night hosts on US television.
  • In 2017, Comedy Central announced that Trevor's contract would be extended to 2022.

Can you believe it's already been five years since Trevor Noah took over The Daily Show?

On 28 September 2015, Trevor stepped in as the new presenter of the satirical news show, taking the reins from Jon Stewart. 

Five years on, and the SA comedian has become one of the most popular late-night hosts on US television. 

"South Africa's favourite funnyman has transformed the Daily Show's content to speak to issues that affect the everyday viewer. This can largely be attributed to the team that Trevor Noah surrounds himself with which include supervising producer and South African comedian David Kibuuka, Ugandan writer Joseph Opio and more diverse Asian and African American contributors on the show," Comedy Central shared in a press statement celebrating Trevor's achievements.

While he has interviewed Hollywood actors, TV personalities and politicians, Trevor has also continued to celebrate African talent. Stars like Black Coffee, Burna Boy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Zozibini Tunzi and Nelson Makamo have all made guest appearances on the show.

"It's so fitting that at the close of Heritage Month we get to celebrate a South African who has taken our stories and culture to the world. Trevor Noah had big shoes to fill when he took the reins at The Daily Show, and boy has he filled them. I am proud to celebrate this incredible milestone, as it showcases what is possible for Africans," said Dillon Khan, vice president for Comedy Central and Creative Services at ViacomCBS Networks Africa.

Trevor's success in the US has seen him make Fortune's prestigious 40 Under 40 list alongside stars like Beyoncé and Zendaya. 

The 36-year-old has also reaped the monetary rewards that come with the job, splurging on luxury homes worth millions of dollars. 

And while it may have taken a bit of time for some to get used to Trevor at the helm of the show, former host Jon Stewart believes that the South African star has taken it to the next level, telling Howard Stern that "the show is better" since Trevor took over.

In 2017, just two years after Trevor joined the show, Comedy Central announced it would be extending the comedian's contract to 2022. 

"He's a keeper. Trevor Noah will host The Daily Show through 2022, along with year-end specials," the channel tweeted at the time.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee


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