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After announcing his retirement from The Daily Show in February, Jon Stewart didn’t have to wait long to appoint a successor. Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comedian who made his Daily Show debut in December as an on-air correspondent will succeed Stewart once Stewart leaves his anchor chair this year.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

The news for some is met with plenty of happy fervor as now both longtime Comedy Central stalwarts Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been succeeded by black men as hosts (longtime writer Larry Wilmore created The Nightly Show in January following Colbert’s departure for The Late Show in December.) Secondly, it comes with the question a lot of people are wondering, “Who the hell is Trevor Noah?”

Noah, who has a sharp Netflix special, also brings the kind of youthful, globe trotting energy to the anchor desk. Some had originally hoped that a woman would be replacing Stewart to break up the monotony of the all-boys club late night shows but Comedy Central explained their search process with The New York Times.

Michele Ganeless, the Comedy Central president, said in an interview: “We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job.”

Ms. Ganeless added: “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”

Noah’s announcement comes on the heels of Jason Jones’ final night on the show Thursday. Jones will be heading to TBS for a comedy with Samantha Bee, who is also leaving the show. So good luck Trevor Noah, you’ve got plenty of winning over the American public to do.