The Daily Show has hired author, humorist and social activist Baratunde Thurston to be its new supervising producer. The move means that Baratunde will oversee digital content when the show’s new host, Trevor Noah, takes over. Noah replaces the show’s founder Jon Stewart.
“Baratunde brings a very unique set of skills to ‘The Daily Show.’ We’ve been admirers of his comedic work on all platforms for a long time,” Comedy Central prexy Michele Ganeless said. “We’re thrilled he is joining the team and can’t wait to see what he and the team create for the show under Trevor Noah.”
In an online article, Thurston said, “There’s more to what ‘The Daily Show’ can make than what people have seen. This is a 21-and-a-half-minute show that airs on a box in your house, and it can also be a great experience on these other platforms.”
A 10-year plus stand-up comedian, Thurston is the author of “How to Be Black” and the co-host of a podcast called “About Race.” He is also a columnist for Fast Company; a contributor to MIT Media Labs; and, for five years, served as director of digital at The Onion.