Trevor Noah’s ascension to hosting “The Daily Show” took over Twitter Monday morning, with a variety of reactions to the 31-year-old biracial South African taking over for Jon Stewart.
The Daily Show tweeted out noting there would be another late night host from Africa.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 30, 2015
Chris Rock thanked President Obama for Noah’s climb to the top:
Thank you president Obama pic.twitter.com/PgFJCCyRTa
BuzzMachine author Jeff Jarvis told everybody to stop what they’re doing:
Really. Stop work for 8 minutes. Watch. This will calm your fears about the fate of The Daily Show. https://t.co/afQwj2uC60
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) March 30, 2015
Noah’s riff on the difference between being African and African American is one of funniest things I’ve ever heard. http://t.co/yMaEO5EbTS
— Katty Kay (@KattyKayBBC) March 30, 2015
And a Noah enthusiast exclaimed the South African to now be the most powerful man in the country.
At long last, a black man has made it to the most powerful position in America. http://t.co/yPUeXl1YH2
— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) March 30, 2015
The rest of Twitter was fairly happy:
Choosing Trevor Noah for The Daily Show says a lot about the audience Comedy Central wants to court: global, diverse.
— Ismat Sarah Mangla (@ismat) March 30, 2015
Don’t understand the negativity around Noah & The Daily Show. Whether you like him or not, can’t we be happy for a SA’n success?
— Vibeke (@Fleabeke) March 30, 2015
— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) March 30, 2015
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) March 30, 2015
Trevor Noah’s jokes are genuinely international. His hiring at @TheDailyShow is proof that ‘Go global’ is future of news … in comedy, too.
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) March 30, 2015
If not hiring a woman to host a late-night show “invites questions,” shouldn’t you just ask rather than writing that? http://t.co/Eg2ImCJKab
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 30, 2015
Love the Trevor Noah choice because – hopefully – it immediately re-centers the Daily Show’s perspective outside the US. Reinvents show.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 30, 2015