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South African comedian (born 1984)

Trevor Noah

Noah in 2021 in a virtual Daily Show episode
Born (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 (age 38)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
  • books
Education Maryvale College
Genres
  • Political/news satire
  • observational comedy
  • surreal humor
  • insult comedy
  • deadpan
Subject(s)
  • Mass media/news media/media criticism
  • American politics
  • South African culture
  • current events
  • race relations
  • pop culture
Website trevornoahcom
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Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host He is the host of The Daily Show, an American late-night talk show and satirical news program on Comedy Central Noah has won various awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award from eleven nominations He was named one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018 In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world

Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002 He had several hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and was the runner-up in the fourth season of South Africa’s iteration of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 From 2010 to 2011, he hosted the late-night talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah, which he created and aired on M-Net and DStv

In 2014, Noah became the Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show, and in 2015 succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart His autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime was published in 2016 He hosted the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021 and the 64th Annual Grammy Awards edition in 2022 as well as the 2022 White House Correspondents Dinner

Early life

Trevor Noah was born on 20 February 1984, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa His father, Robert, is of Swiss-German ancestry, and his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is Xhosa

Under apartheid legislation, Noah’s mother was classified as Black, and his father was classified as White Noah himself was classified as Coloured At the time of his birth, his parents’ interracial relationship was illegal, which Noah highlights in his autobiography Interracial sexual relations and marriages were not decriminalized until a year after his birth, when the Immorality Act was amended in 1985 Patricia and her mother, Nomalizo Frances Noah, raised Trevor in the black township of Soweto Noah began his schooling at Maryvale College, a private Roman Catholic primary and high school in Maryvale, Gauteng, a suburb of Johannesburg

Career

Early work and breakthrough

Noah performing on his Loud and Clear tour in February 2019

In 2002, Noah had a small role on an episode of the South African soap opera Isidingo He later hosted his own radio show Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s leading youth-radio station, YFM He dropped his radio show and acting to focus on comedy, and has performed 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 American comedian Gabriel Iglesias in November 2007 and Canadian comedian Russell Peters on his South African tour

Noah hosted an educational TV programme, Run the Adventure (2004–2006) on SABC 2 In 2007, he hosted The Real Goboza, a gossip-themed show on SABC 1, and Siyadlala, a sports show also on the SABC In 2008, Noah cohosted, 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 16th 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

Noah performed 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)

In 2011, he relocated to the United States In January 2012, Noah became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show; and in May 2013, he became the first to appear on Late Show with David Letterman Noah was the subject of the 2012 documentary You Laugh But It’s True The same year, he starred in the one-man comedy show Trevor Noah: The Racist, which was based on his similarly titled South African special That’s Racist In September 2012, Noah was the Roastmaster in a Comedy Central Roast of South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr In 2013, he performed the comedy special Trevor Noah: African American In October 2013, he was a guest on BBC Two’s comedy panel show QI In November 2013, he was a panelist on Channel 4 game show 8 Out of 10 Cats and appeared on Sean Lock’s team in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown in September 2014

The Daily Show

Further information: The Daily Show

In December 2014, Noah became a recurring contributor on The Daily Show In March 2015, Comedy Central announced that Noah would succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show; his tenure began on 28 September 2015

Following his announcement as Stewart’s successor, attention was drawn on the Internet to jokes he had posted on his Twitter account, some of which were criticised as being offensive to women, and others as antisemitic or mocking the Holocaust Noah responded by tweeting: “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 stood behind Noah, saying in a statement, “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included 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” Mary Kluk, chairperson of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), said that the jokes were not signs of anti-Jewish prejudice and that they were part of Noah’s style of comedy Noah has faced further criticism after video clips of him joking about Aboriginal women and the Marikana massacre in old standup routines resurfaced

After Noah took over from Stewart, viewership dropped 37%, and its Nielsen ratings fell below those of several other shows hosted by Daily Show alumni; however, according to Comedy Central’s president, the Daily Show under Noah was the number one show for millennials James Poniewozik of The New York Times praised him and the show’s writers, saying, “Mr Noah’s debut was largely successful, it was also because of the operating system—the show’s writing—running under the surface” Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times described him as “charming and composed—almost inevitably low-key compared with the habitually antic and astonished Stewart” Other critics gave him less favorable reviews, with Salon writing “Jon Stewart created a national treasure Noah has dulled its knife, weakened the satire, let the powerful run free” Noah’s platform on the show has led to three stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix By 2017, nightly viewership was less than half of what it had been during the end of Stewart’s tenure; viewership among millennials remained solid, however, and Comedy Central extended Noah’s contract as host of The Daily Show through 2022 He would also produce and host annual end-of-year specials for Comedy Central

After France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Noah commented, “I get it, they have to say it’s the French team But look at those guys You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends Basically if you don’t understand, France is Africans’ backup team” The French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, issued a letter condemning Noah’s joke He wrote, “Unlike the United States of America, France does not refer to its citizens based on their race, religion or origin For us, there is no hyphenated identity, the roots are an individual reality By calling them an African team, it seems that you are denying their Frenchness” Noah responded to the controversy, saying he did not intend to deny that the team was French, and instead to celebrate their African heritage

In April 2017, Noah began developing a talk show for Jordan Klepper: The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, which premiered in September, and ran for one season Noah also executive-produced Klepper, a primetime weekly docuseries, beginning in May 2019 In March 2018, Noah signed a multiyear contract with Viacom giving them first-look rights to any future projects by him In addition to the deal, Noah would also be launching an international production and distribution company called Day Zero Productions

In October 2022, after Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Noah claimed that there was a racist backlash in the UK against someone of Indian heritage taking that role British Conservative politician Sajid Javid described Noah’s remarks as “A narrative catered to his audience, at a cost of being completely detached from reality” There were suggestions that Noah was projecting the US political context onto the UK—English author Tom Holland stated: “As ever, the inability of American liberals to understand the world beyond the US in anything but American terms is a thing of wonder” Sunak’s spokesperson insisted, in response to Noah’s claims, that the UK is not a racist country; Noah stated that he never made a statement about the country as a whole, only about “some people”

On 29 September 2022, Noah requested some extra minutes during that night’s program and announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show at an undetermined future date after hosting the show for seven years After revisiting stand-up comedy, he felt a longing to return to visiting countries for shows, learning new languages and “being everywhere, doing everything” It was confirmed the following month that Noah’s last show would be on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Books

Further information: Born a Crime

His memoir Born a Crime was published in November 2016 and was received favorably by major US book reviewers Other than the author, his mother has a central role in the book, while his European father is mentioned only occasionally It became a No 1 New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Newsday, Esquire, NPR, and Booklist It was announced that a film adaptation based on the book would star Lupita Nyong’o as his mother

In July 2018, Noah and The Daily Show writing staff released The Donald J Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a book comprising hundreds of Trump tweets and featuring a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham

Other work

In 2017, he made an appearance on the TV series Nashville In 2018, he appeared in Black Panther, Coming 2 America, and American Vandal

In addition to hosting The Daily Show, Noah has hosted the Grammy Awards twice in 2021 and 2022 He also served as host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2022

Influence

In 2013, Noah said of his comedic influences,

He also cited Jon Stewart as an influence and a mentor, following his appointment to succeed Stewart as host of The Daily Show In an interview with The New York Times, Noah likened Stewart to “a Jewish Yoda” and recounted advice Stewart gave him, saying,

Among comedians who say they were influenced by Noah are Michelle Wolf, Jordan Klepper, and Hasan Minhaj Noah’s mixed-race ancestry, his experiences growing up in Soweto, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy

Personal life

Noah speaks English, Afrikaans, Southern Sotho, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Tsonga and some German Noah has ADHD He resides in New York City

In 1992, Noah’s mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo, married Ngisaveni Abel Shingange; they had two sons together, Andrew and Isaac Shingange physically abused both Trevor and his mother, and the couple legally divorced in 1996 In 2009, after Patricia married Sfiso Khoza, Shingange shot her in the leg and through the back of her head; she survived as the bullet went through the base of her head, avoiding the spinal cord, brain, and all major nerves and blood vessels, then exiting with minor damage to her nostril When Noah confronted him over the phone about the shooting, Shingange threatened his life, prompting Noah to leave Johannesburg for Los Angeles

In 2011, Shingange was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced the following year to three years of correctional supervision Noah stated that he hoped the attention surrounding the incident would raise awareness of the broader issue of domestic violence in South Africa: “For years my mother reached out to police for help with domestic abuse, and nothing was ever done This is the norm in South Africa Dockets went missing and cases never went to court”

Noah has described himself as being progressive and having a global perspective However, he has clarified that he considers himself a “progressive person”, but not a “political progressive” and prefers not to be categorized as being either right or left in the context of US partisanship

In April 2018, Noah launched The Trevor Noah Foundation, a youth development initiative that empowers youth with the foundation for a better life: access to high-quality education Noah’s vision is a world where an education enables youth to dream, see and build the impossible  

Noah was selected as the Class Day speaker for Princeton University’s Class of 2021 He gave his address virtually on 15 May 2021, and was inducted as an honorary member of the Class of 2021

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 You Laugh But It’s True Himself Documentary
2011 Taka Takata Pilo
2012 Mad Buddies Bookie
2018 Black Panther Griot (voice)
2021 Coming 2 America Totatsi Bibinyana (Zamunda News Network anchor)
2022 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Griot (voice)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Isidingo Teen at party 1 episode
2008 The Amazing Date Himself (host) 13 episodes
2008 Strictly Come Dancing Himself (contestant) 8 episodes, runner-up
2009 Trevor Noah: The Daywalker Himself Stand-up special
2010–2011 Tonight with Trevor Noah Himself (host) 26 episodes; also creator, writer, and executive producer
2011 Trevor Noah: Crazy Normal Himself Stand-up special
2012 Trevor Noah: That’s Racist Himself Stand-up special
2012 Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr Himself (host) TV special
2012 Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution Himself Episode: “21”
2013 Trevor Noah: African American Himself Stand-up special
2014 Trevor Noah: It’s My Culture Himself Stand-up special
2014–2015 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Himself (correspondent) 5 episodes
2015–present The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Himself (host) Also writer and executive producer
2015 Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation Himself Stand-up special
2015 Trevor Noah: Pay Back the Funny Himself Stand-up special
2017 Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark Himself Stand-up special
2017 Nashville Himself Episode: “Fire and Rain”
2017 Trevor Noah: There’s a Gupta On My Stoep Himself Stand-up special
2017–2018 The Opposition with Jordan Klepper None 128 episodes; co-creator and executive producer
2018 American Vandal Himself Episode: “The Brownout”
2018 Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia Himself Stand-up special
2019 Klepper None 8 episodes; executive producer
2021 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Himself (host) TV special
2021 Player vs Player with Trevor Noah Himself (host) 8 episodes; also creator and executive producer
2022 64th Annual Grammy Awards Himself (host) TV special
2022 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Himself (host) TV special

Awards

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref
2012 South African Comics’ Choice Award Comic of the Year Won
2014 Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards Personality of the Year Nominated
2015 Won
2016 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special) Nominated
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Talk Show Nominated
2017 Zora Neale Hurston Award Born a Crime Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto-biography Won
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author Won
Writers Guild of America Award Comedy/Variety – Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Favourite African Star Won
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Talk Show Episode Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Host Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short Form Variety Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Won
Thurber House American Humor Born a Crime Won
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Comedy/Variety – Talk Series Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Talk Show Episode The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
Outstanding Short Form Variety Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Nominated
People’s Choice Awards The Nighttime Talk Show of 2018 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
2019 Dorian Awards TV Current Affairs Show of the Year Nominated
Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series Nominated
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special) Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia Nominated
Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards Best Late-Night Talk Show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Host Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominated
Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
People’s Choice Awards The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019 Nominated
2020 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Comedy Special Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Grammy Award Best Comedy Album Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Talk Show Episode Nominated
Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards Male Star of The Year Nominated
Best Short Form Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Nominated
Dorian TV Awards Best Current Affairs Program The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Wilde Wit Award Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Nominated
People’s Choice Awards The Nighttime Talk Show of 2020 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
2021 NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Outstanding Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Won
Outstanding Short-Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Won
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Talk/Topical Show Won
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Television Academy Honor Won
Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards Male Star of The Year Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Broadcast Network or Cable Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominated
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominated
People’s Choice Awards The Nighttime Talk Show of 2021 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
2022 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Talk Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Won
Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Won
Outstanding Short-Form Series (Drama or Comedy) The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Won
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Talk/Topical Show Nominated
Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards Male Star of The Year Nominated
Best Show Host Nominated
Dorian TV Awards Best Current Affairs Program Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Broadcast Network or Cable Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Between the Scenes Nominated
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) 64th Annual Grammy Awards Nominated

Bibliography

  • Noah, Trevor (2016) Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Spiegel & Grau ISBN 978-0399588174

Audiobooks

  • 2016: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (read by the author), Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio, ISBN 978-1531865047

See also

  • New Yorkers in journalism

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