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This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. Trevor Noah may have been an unknown entity to many at this time last year, but millions got to know him—and his whip-smart sense of satire—pretty well when he was announced as the host of The Daily Show last March.

The 31-year-old South African comedian had enormous shoes to fill when he took over for Jon Stewart last September; instead of going with a huge name to take over for Stewart, Comedy Central selected Noah for his sardonic humor and sharp take on current events. Sure enough, Noah has soared in the new role, offering a more global view of news-lampooning and giving a trusted comedy franchise a facelift many didn’t realize was needed.

Five months into his tenure, Noah has hit all of the right notes, and added a fresh new face to the late-night realm. Sure, we all miss Stewart, but Trevor Noah has been far more than a pleasant surprise.