Trevor Noah, appearing on The Daily Show. 

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Trevor Noah is the toast of South Africa. 

The 31-year-old standup comedian from Soweto, the black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, has been named Jon Stewart's successor as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. 

In December, Noah became a "contributor" to the satirical news program, appearing in segments on topics including African stereotypes and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

But now he is slipping into the big seat, and South Africans are cheering him on. 

Little known fact: Noah has previous late-night experience, hosting a show called "Tonight with Trevor Noah" for two seasons on South African television.

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