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.
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
Noah way! Trevor to host 'The Daily Show' http://t.co/WmuRpjdEac— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 30, 2015
Bigger than Mandela?
We'll have to drop Eskom, Cosatu, spytapes, alles. Only one news question this week: is @trevornoah now bigger than Nelson Mandela?— Phillip de Wet (@phillipdewet) March 30, 2015
Could Trevor Noah be SA's third A-lister after Madiba and Charlize? I think so!— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) March 30, 2015
South African pride
If you make it on New York Times and Time on the same day and you haven't killed anyone or died, you've made it in this life. @Trevornoah— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) March 30, 2015
If @Trevornoah wasn't a brilliant comedian with great delivery of prepped material, I might have accused him on cashing in on good looks!— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) March 30, 2015
Aint it great Trevor Noah is replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, making the real South African accent famous? pic.twitter.com/l67JRT9KcO— Siphumelele Zondi (@SZondi) March 30, 2015
Praise from politicos ...
The US ambassador to South Africa ...
Other comedians ...
Congratulations @Trevornoah, a phenomenal breakthrough. Mazaltov boet!— Nik Rabinowitz (@nikrabinowitz) March 30, 2015
Congratulations comrade @Trevornoah— loyiso gola (@loyisogola) March 30, 2015
Oh my goodness @Trevornoah just made it to the top of satire on earth!!!! Unbelieeeeeavable!!— Kagiso Lediga (@KagisoLediga) March 30, 2015
I opened for @Trevornoah once. Just saying.— Deep Fried Man (@DeepFriedMan) March 30, 2015
Every South African even vaguely related to comedy is currently trying to remember if they've met Trevor Noah, and how the meeting went.— Darrel Bristow-Bovey (@dbbovey) March 30, 2015
Nelson Mandela's grandson ...
And even Mandela's former assistant
But some concerns going forward
Very happy for @Trevornoah, but is he going to have to start twanging now?— Franny Rabkin (@franstaar) March 30, 2015
Everyone's extremely excited about SA's best-known comedian @Trevornoah replacing Jon Stewart..Can we even watch the Daily Show in SA?— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) March 30, 2015
SA event organizer: "OK guys, we've spent 6 months raising funds and I think we've JUST got enough to book Trevor Noah so... What? Oh shit."— Tom Eaton (@TomEatonSA) March 30, 2015