Trevor Noah is left ‘The Daily Show’ after seven years

In a surprise announcement this week

Trevor Noah said he will be leaving The Daily Show after hosting the satirical news program for seven years

After serving as one of the show's Senior International Correspondents for a year

The 38-year-old South African comedian succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart in 2015

With big shoes to fill, he quickly established his own brand

suited for an era where online influence was often greater than that of content on cable

Trevor Noah's time on The Daily Show required him to delicately cover some crucial moments in American history.

He wants to dedicate more time to standup comedy

I spent two years in my apartment," he told the studio audience