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Comedian Michael Kosta Takes Center Court as New Correspondent for ‘The Daily Show’

{Image Credit: The Daily Show / The New York Times}

With Jordan Klepper gearing up for his own late night show this fall, The Daily Show has found its newest correspondent in stand-up comedian and former professional tennis player, Michael Kosta.

Previously starring in his own Comedy Central stand-up special in 2011 and most recently hosting the Comedy Central Snapchat series, Worst Birthday, based on his highly successful podcast of the same name, Kosta made his much anticipated debut on last night’s episode of the network’s late night American news satire show, hosted by Trevor Noah.

First announced Tuesday by the network in a press release published to social media, it was reported that Kosta will be serving as one of the show’s newest correspondents on the “Best F#@ing News Team,” joining the likes of Klepper and Hasan Minhaj. With Kosta sharing the news on all his networks for fans and followers to tune in, his addition proves he is going to be a favorite among the diverse variety of comedians delivering the news. Kosta’s Daily Show debut featured him in an in-studio desk piece that had him drawing comparisons between the wellness campaigns pushed forth by conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow as they help heal America’s divide.

Combing both his quick wit and a charming, yet ironic, self-righteousness, if the segment was any indication of what we can expect on future episodes, you can bet audiences are in for a real treat of comedy and laughs with the show’s latest correspondent.

After breaking out at the HBO Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen and kick starting his career in television with FOX Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin, Kosta relocated to Los Angeles, making regular appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay LenoChelsea Lately and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Prior to his new gig with one of Comedy Central’s most loved late night shows, Kosta was also the host and co-executive producer of E! Network’s The Comment Section.

MORE: The Kosta Doin’ Comedy: Breaking Down ‘The Comment Section’ with Michael Kosta

Finding wisdom in the plethora of television and festival experiences, the 37-year-old told The Hudsucker in 2015 with humility and appreciation that “when you decide to fully commit to something that isn’t traditional, it really scares a lot of people.”

Comedy might not be for everyone, but it’s always been at the core of Kosta’s personality. Though he started his career as a professional tennis player and assistant tennis coach at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois alumnus decided to trade in the racket for a full-time job as a stand-up comic, telling us he always loved comedy and that the two careers are not as far apart as you’d imagine.

“They’re more similar than you would think,” Kosta laughed. “You’re out there by yourself. A lot of your success is dependent on you, a lot of your failures are dependent on you, there’s no hiding your emotions, there’s no hiding the way you feel [and] you get paid really crappy for both of them, unless you are a world champion in both comedy and tennis.”

As an exceptional performer with a charismatic charm and glow that makes it hard to look away, the Michigan native is proving he has chops with a larger audience and definitely on his way to being a champion in both.

Featured image: NBC Universal / Brian Bowen Smith

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Watch Michael Kosta on The Daily Show, weeknights at 11 p.m. EST on Comedy Central. Check your local listings. Keep up with Kosta by visiting his official website for upcoming tour dates and more, and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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