Trevor Noah gained national recognition for his work as one of South Africa’s best comedians.
However, the South African comedian gained international fame when he was selected to be Jon Stewart’s successor on the American late night television show – The Daily Show.
Jon Stewart was the host of the critically acclaimed show from 1999-2015
However, this transition was not as smooth as the network hoped.
Hours after it was announced that Noah would replace Stewart as the show’s host, some of his previous, ‘less tasteful’ tweets resurfaced. The tweets about women and Jews were considered offensive jokes.
In response to the controversy, Trevor Noah tweeted, “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.”
Comedy Central, the network which is home to The Daily Show, threw their support behind Trevor, issuing a statement saying, “…To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), through their chairperson stated, “The SAJBD wishes him all the success and wisdom that he will require in his new position, and is confident that he will do our country proud.”
They further stated that they did not find his jokes offensive or anti-Semitic and the tweets were only ‘Noah’s style of Comedy’.
Trevor Noah premiered as host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah in September 2015. His turn on the show has been met with critical acclaim with several of his videos from the show going viral.
After taking over as host, Trevor Noah applied a different tone for the show as well as décor changes that were well received by the audience and critics.
Trevor Noah, who is 32 years old, was born in Johannesburg on the 20th of February, 1984.
Trevor attended Maryvale College, a private catholic school in Johannesburg, during his younger years.
His father, Robert, is of Swiss German descent while his mother – Patricia Nombuyiselo was of mixed descent (Jewish and Xhosa).
Under apartheid, his parents’ relationship was illegal which resulted in his mother being fined by the white minority government of South Africa.
After his father returned to Switzerland, he was raised by his mother and her mother.
He went to church every Sunday during his childhood.
Trevor Noah’s experiences as a person of mixed race descent in Soweto has provided much of the material he uses in his comedy today.
Trevor Noah, who is six feet tall, is a polyglot.
A polyglot is an individual with the ability to master several languages with ease. Noah speaks Xhosa, Zulu, German, Afrikaans, Sotho and of course, English.
His mother got remarried in 1992 to Ngisaveni Shingange.
Before divorcing him in1996, the couple had two sons together.
In 2009, Patricia Nombuyiselo became engaged to Sfiso Khoza. After hearing the news, Ngisaveni Shigange shot Particia in the back and the face. He only stopped shooting when the gun jammed.
Patricia survived the senseless attack.
Ngisaveni Shigange was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to three years of correctional supervision.
Trevor Noah is not currently married but he however has a girlfriend. He is currently in a relationship with Jordyn Taylor, an American model. The two have been romantically involved since 2015.
While Trevor Noah’s net worth is millions of dollars, it hasn’t always been the case. Like most entertainers, he had a humble start.
In 2002, before Trevor Noah was earning a pretty salary at the Daily Show, he starred in the South African soap opera – Isidingo – when he was 18.
He later began hosting a radio show on YFM – Gauteng’s top radio station. The show was called Noah’s Ark.
He later hosted Run the Adventure, an educational program on SABC 2 from 2004-2006.
He continued hosting several national shows for a while and saw his profile and recognition grow in response.
Trevor Noah eventually decided to drop radio and acting to focus on his comedy.
He has gone on to perform with many South African comedians such as Darren Simpson, Nik Rabinowitz, Riaad Moosa, Marc Lottering and Barry Hilton.
He was also the opening act when Canadian comedian, Russell Peters, visited South Africa.
His stand up comedy specials were an instant hit and propelled him to super stardom. His specials include Crazy Normal, That’s Racist, Daywalker and Its My Culture.
Even as his fame grew, tickets to his shows remained affordable.
In 2011, Trevor Noah moved to the United States to expand his professional horizons.
In 2012, he became the first South African standup comedian to perform on the Tonight Show. In 2012, he was the first in the same category to perform on Late Show with David Letterman.
He eventually went to on to appear on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart…well, we know how that story goes.