Well wishes pour in for Trevor Noah

South Africa has been celebrating the news that Trevor Noah will take over as 'The Daily Show' host.

Trevor Noah. Picture: Byron L Keulemans/GQ South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - Monday's announcement that Trevor Noah is taking over The Daily Show has been welcomed as a step that will once again put South Africa on the map and showcase the best of local talent.

Messages of congratulations from fellow comedians and government officials poured in for Noah who has been named as the new host of The Daily Show.

The 31-year-old Soweto-born funny man will take over from current host Jon Stewart on the world-famous show when he retires later this year.

Stewart announced his retirement last month after 15 years as the host.

The Daily Show confirmed the news on their Twitter account:

Very excited to welcome our next host: @Trevornoah! That's right - another guy in late night from Soweto. http://t.co/zlNhBmjg6I

Noah has made a few appearances alongside Stewart and received rousing applause from the audience.

The news about Noah's new gig broke just as African National Congress Secretary General Gewde Mantshe held a briefing at Luthuli House on Monday afternoon.

Mantashe said he was proud of Noah.

"I have no problem with comedians and I congratulate him."

Fellow comedian John Vlismas said Noah's new role would put South Africa on the map.

"It's fantastic and the best thing to ever happen to South African comedy and the best achievement for the country's comics."

Comedienne and actress Tumi Morake added that the news has made her even more proud to be a South African comic.

"Congratulations Trevor Noah, wow! The guy sets his own bar and raises it and now he's taken it to the next level. I could not be more proud to be a comedian in this country, this is awesome."

Fellow comedians Conrad Koch and Chester Missing said this was good news for all South Africans.

"We are very excited about Trevor Noah hosting The Daily Show. He must do it in Xhosa because those Americans don't know what's coming. Viva Trevor, viva!"

Comedian Loyiso Gola, meanwhile, said Noah was perfect for the show.

"I want to wish him all the best. This is one of the biggest gigs in comedy as a whole."

Adding to the chorus of well wishes, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, announced he was delighted at the news in a Facebook post:

I am delighted to learn that comedian and TV personality Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on the popular 'Daily Show...

Posted by Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday, 30 March 2015

The Soweto-born comedian rose to fame during the 2010 World Cup with several television appearances and later through his own live comedy shows in South Africa and abroad.

Noah made his debut on the Comedy Central satirical news show in December last year and seemed to be a hit with the crowd.

He joined The Daily Show as a contributor and is reportedly the first South African comedian to appear on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.

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