Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah has been named as to succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, which one of the most popular satirical productions on US television.
South Africans have reacted with surprise and delight at this achievement for their favourite humourist.
Born 31 year ago of a Black woman and Swiss father – a union that was illegal in apartheid South Africa – Trevor Noah used his ice-pick humour and ability to switch between several local languages to ridicule the racial stereotypes that exist in his home country’s new democracy.
Offering South African of all ranks, colours and political hues nought for their comfort, Noah nevertheless became their best-loved comedian.
His television talk show and sold out concerts had him ranging from parodying President Jacob Zuma stuttering speeches to relating tales of growing up in the Johannesburg’s famous township where both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived.
South Africans hailed his US breakthrough on the Tonight Show with Jay Lenno three years ago.
The ruling African National Congress is among organisations congratulating Noah on latest coup.
His fans include Washington’s ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard who tweeted: This is gonna be wild! America, fasten your seat belts!
Noah’s coming home for a season of shows in May and June – and a visit to his grandmother who still lives in Soweto.