Hasan Minhaj eyes The Daily Show desk

The Daily Show seeks a successor

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The Future. Comedian Hasan Minhaj is the leading candidate to take over for Trevor Noah at The Daily Show. No paperwork has been signed, but Minhaj could be taking the chair just as audiences start to depart late-night altogether (at least on TV), with newer entrants like The Problem With Jon Stewart not taking off, and younger-skewing offerings like Desus & Mero closing up shop.

Dedicated stage
Almost a year after Trevor Noah’s surprise exit from The Daily Show, Comedy Central may finally be landing on a new host.

  • Variety reports Hasan Minhaj is the front-runner for the position, but a deal hasn’t been finalized yet.
  • Others like Sarah Silverman, Kal Penn, and Leslie Jones have also been floated as options after temporarily hosting the show (as has Minhaj).
  • Minhaj, a correspondent for the show between 2014 and 2018, has signaled he’d be down to take the gig.
  • Minhaj previously hosted Netflix’s political satire talk show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which ran for six seasons and won an Emmy and a Peabody.

Reports indicate while Comedy Central did want to name a successor in time for Upfronts (TV networks’ big ad sale marketplace), other execs were pushing to keep testing on-air talent — the rotating hosts led to an increase in ratings. Call it the Saturday Night Live effect.

If Minhaj does take on hosting duties, it comes at a key transitional time for the late-night talk show industry. Stalwarts like Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert have seen linear viewership and traditional ad dollars drop, as audiences prefer to watch clips of the shows online, as opposed to actually tuning in for the program — a byproduct of cord-cutting.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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