South African comedian Trevor Noah, who joined "The Daily Show" as an on-air contributor in December, will replace the outgoing Jon Stewart as host of the satirical news program, Comedy Central announced Monday.
31-year-old Noah has appeared on "The Daily Show" only three times since his debut.
"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah, who is currently on tour in Dubai, told the New York Times of his promotion. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."
Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving "The Daily Show" after 16 years. Comedy Central has not yet revealed an exit date for Stewart or a premiere date for Noah.
"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with," Stewart said in a statement. "In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"
"Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny," Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. "For the next host of 'The Daily Show,' we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America."
Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah became a well-known face in his home country through hosting numerous award shows and two seasons of his own late night talk show, "Tonight with Trevor Noah."
Noah made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," has appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman," and made his "Daily Show" debut in 2014. He was the subject of the 2012 documentary film, "You Laugh But It's True," which chronicled Noah's career in post-apartheid South Africa and his preparations for his one-man show "The Daywalker."