Noah stay­ing at The Daily Show

The Daily Courier - - LIFE & ARTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — In a strong vote of con­fi­dence for its late-night cor­ner­stone, Com­edy Cen­tral said Thurs­day it has agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep Trevor Noah as host of The Daily Show through 2022.

The net­work also said Noah would pro­duce and host spe­cials comed­i­cally wrap­ping up each year, start­ing in a few months.

The lit­tle-known South African comic was a leap of faith for Com­edy Cen­tral when he was se­lected to suc­ceed Jon Stew­art at The Daily Show two years ago. He started slowly, but has made in­roads both crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially.

His show has av­er­aged 1.57 mil­lion view­ers so far this quar­ter, up 28 per cent from the same pe­riod a year ago, ac­cord­ing to the Nielsen com­pany.

That’s not at Stew­art’s level, but Noah is the most pop­u­lar late-night comic among view­ers aged 18-to-34, and he’s a par­tic­u­lar hit among peo­ple who stream high­lights on­line.

“It’s very sat­is­fy­ing to see our be­lief in him come to fruition,” said Kent Al­ter­man, Com­edy Cen­tral pres­i­dent.

Com­edy Cen­tral is now try­ing to repli­cate what it had in its glory days of Stew­art and Stephen Col­bert, with another alum of The Daily Show, Jor­dan Klep­per, be­gin­ning a new pro­gram in the time slot af­ter Noah on Sept. 25.

“When we set out to re­place Jon Stew­art, we knew that would be an im­pos­si­ble task,” Al­ter­man said. “If the goal was to find a younger ver­sion of Jon Stew­art, that was a fool’s er­rand.”

Noah quipped that it’s ex­cit­ing to know he’s un­der con­tract for five more years, “or un­til Kim Jong Un an­ni­hi­lates us all, whichever one comes first.”

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