Name: Trevor Noah
Born: 20 February 1984 (age 34)
From: Johannesburg, South Africa
Medium: Stand-up television film books
Years active: 2002–present
Genres: Political/news satire-observational comedy-surreal humor-black comedy-insult comedy-deadpan
Subject(s) : Mass media/news media/media criticism-American politics-South-African culture-current events-race relations-pop culture
Twitter handle: @trevornoah
Instagram handle: @trevornoah
WHO IS TREVOR NOAH?
Trevor Noah is one of the top stand-up comedians in South Africa. After smashing the local charts. he began touring internationally. After having made appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Late Show With David Letterman, Noah took on a correspondent role on the popular American show, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Upon Stewart announcing his departure from the show in 2015, Noah was named as his replacement and has been ever since.
Trevor Noah was born on the 20th of February, 1984 in Johannesburg. His father Robert is of white Swiss German ancestry, and his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is of a Xhosa bloodline. She became converted to Judaism when Trevor was just 10 or 11 years old, but did not have him convert, although she introduced him to some aspects and practices of Judaism.
Given the times they lived in, according to apartheid legislation, Trevor’s mother was classified as Black, and his father was classified as White. His parents’ interracial relationship was then classified as illegal. The Interracial sexual relations and marriages were not legalized until the amended Immorality Act of 1985, which was a year after Trevor Noah’s birth.
As a result, Patricia Noah was jailed and fined by the South African government. She and her mother, Nomalizo Frances Noah, raised Trevor.
At the age of three Trevor started pre school, then at the age of five he went to primary school, a Catholic school in Johannesburg. This saw him attending the Roman Catholic church every Sunday during his childhood. He spent his early youth at the private Maryvale College.
In 2002, aged 18, Trevor had a bit role on an episode of the South African soap opera Isidingo. He then began hosting his own radio show Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s leading youth radio station, YFM.
Noah dropped his radio show and acting to focus on comedy. He managed to perform with South African comedians such as: David Kau, Kagiso Lediga, Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Nik Rabinowitz, international comedians such as Paul Rodriguez, Carl Barron, Dan Ilic and Paul Zerdin, and as the opening act for Gabriel Iglesias in November 2007 and Canadian comedian Russell Peters on his South African tour.
Trevor went on to host an educational TV programme, Run The Adventure in rhe years 2004 to 2006 on SABC 2. In 2007, he hosted The Real Goboza, a gossip-themed show on SABC 1, and Siyadlala which is a sports show also aired on SABC 1.
In 2008, Noah co-hosted, alongside Pabi Moloi, The Amazing Date (a dating gameshow) and was a Strictly Come Dancing contestant in the fourth series. In 2009, he hosted the 3rd Annual South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) and co-hosted alongside Eugene Khoza on The Axe Sweet Life, a reality competition series. In 2010, Noah hosted the sixteenth annual South African Music Awards and also hosted Tonight with Trevor Noah on MNet (for the second series, it moved to DStv’s Mzansi Magic Channel). In 2010, Noah also became a spokesperson and consumer protection agent for Cell C, South Africa’s third-largest mobile phone network provider.
Trevor has performed all over South Africa in The Blacks Only Comedy Show, the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Vodacom Campus Comedy Tour, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival, the Jozi Comedy Festival and Bafunny Bafunny (2010). His stand-up comedy specials in South Africa include The Daywalker (2009), Crazy Normal (2011), That’s Racist (2012), and It’s My Culture (2013).
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