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Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian who’s made a few appearances on “The Daily Show,” will succeed Jon Stewart as the next host of the Comedy Central program.

Known in South Africa for comedy that riffs off the country’s complex racial and political issues, Noah was selected for the job among a range of comedians much better known in the U.S.

Stewart said in February he was leaving the program that made him an influential figure in politics and popular culture. The 52-year-old comedian will step down after a 17-year run.

Jill Fritzo, Noah’s publicist, confirmed the news in an e- mail. The appointment was early reported by the New York Times.