Why did Comedy Central want Trevor Noah?

March 31, 2015 1:39 AM

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Stand-up comedian Trevor Noah, 31, has been named The Daily Show's third host, replacing Jon Stewart when he steps down later this year after a nearly 17-year run, completing a late-night overhaul that also saw Larry Wilmore succeed Stephen Colbert in January.

Like James Corden, a Brit who took the reins of CBS' Late Late Show this month, Noah is a foreign-born performer — the Soweto-born son of a black South African mother and white father of Swiss-German descent — who's largely unknown to American audiences. He has appeared on The Daily Show just three ...

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