Comedy Central has locked in Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show” for a long time.
The channel announced Thursday it’s signed Noah to a five-year extension of his contract, which will keep him at “The Daily Show” desk through 2022. The deal also includes an agreement for Noah to host and produce year-end “Daily Show” specials, beginning this year.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing this amazing journey with both fans of ‘The Daily Show’ and Comedy Central,” Noah says in a statement. “It’s really exciting to renew this contract for either five more years or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all — whichever one comes first.”
Noah took over “The Daily Show” from long-time host Jon Stewart on Sept. 28, 2015. After a drop-off in ratings as Noah settled into his role, the numbers have been on an upswing of late. The show has posted year-to-year gains in each month of the 2016-17 season in total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.
The show is also likely to pass “The T0night Show” as the top daily late-night talk show among adults 18-34 (Comedy Central’s core demographic) for the third quarter of 2017.
Noah is also an executive producer of “The Daily Show” and its new lead-out, “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.” The latter show debuts Sept. 25.