Jean-Jacques Cornish

Trevor Noah to become new host of The Daily Show

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.

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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.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.