Two days before Trevor Noah takes over the Daily Show desk from Jon Stewart on September 28th, the South African-born comedian will have audiences laughing at the Toronto chapter of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. This year’s fest of funny runs from September 24 to October 3 and will feature appearances by Craig Ferguson, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Miranda Sings and Patton Oswalt.
After Jon Stewart announced that he is stepping down from his 20-time Emmy Award-winning satirical news show after 16 years, the search for his successor was on. After a lot of speculation, it was announced this past March that 31-year-old frequent contributor Trevor Noah had secured the job.
Recently, late night’s newest king of comedy opened up to 702 Radio in his native South Africa about landing the coveted gig. “Every job I do is a big job for me,” he said. “It's just now this is another step in that world of big jobs for me. I understand the prestige and the position of the show so I appreciate it and I don't take it for granted.”
He also has a fan in his old boss, Jon Stewart. The comic said in a statement that he is, “thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Since it debuted in 1996, the Daily Show has been a launchpad for a variety of comedians and personalities. Stephen Colbert left the show in 2005 to host his own late night satire, The Colbert Report, and he is now preparing to make his debut as the new host of the Late Show following David Letterman's retirement last month. And Canadians Samantha Bee and her husband Jason Jones, both correspondents for Jon Stewart, have their own shows currently in development.