Comedy Central announced today that 31 year-old mixed-race South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart when the latter's 16 year-run at the anchor desk of The Daily Show comes to an end this autumn.
I confess to having never heard of Noah before today. I also confess to rarely even watching Stewart any more, at least at his regular airtime. I'm old and all. But as Noah and Larry Wilmore take over for Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central certainly didn't play it safe.
For all we're likely to hear about the socio-racial-political implications of Noah's meteoric ascension to the heights of American late night comedy, he'll sink or swim based on one single factor: is he funny?
Hard to judge by a few random YouTube clips, but he certainly seems a deft mimic and a subtle social critic: