Trevor Noah is the 31-year-old comedian set to take over Jon Stewart's hosting gig at The Daily Show in late 2015 or early 2016. After much speculation on who would soon sit in Stewart's seat, Trevor Noah is an interesting and exciting choice. He submitted his first tape to The Daily Show in December of 2014, and has appeared on the show twice already.
Also from Johannesburg: a lot of gold, diamonds, and the band Kongos. Three cheers for Johannesburg!
Like many comedians, Trevor Noah's upbringing influences his comedic writing. Unlike other comedians, Trevor's past consists of dealing with apartheid and it's effects in his own home. His mother is a black South African who went to jail because of her relationship with his white father. His very birth was illegal in 1984. Therefore, race relations is a common theme in his routines.
While many of us were trying to figure out college, Trevor was already a star. Trevor had a cameo role in the South African soap opera Insidingo in 2002.
So now you know he has a knack for naming shows and segments. A must for a The Daily Show host.
Trevor Noah has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was the first South African comic to appear on The Daily Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. Before any of that, he was a pretty big deal already. He hosted several radio shows before deciding to focus on stand-up comedy. He then toured with other South African and international comics, including Riadd Moosa, Barry Hilton and Paul Rodriguez, and even opened for Canadian comic Russell Peters in 2007.
Trevor has hosted many shows, including a dating show called The Amazing Date and a celebrity dance program called Strictly Come Dancing. Rest assured he knows what he's doing.
These days, Trevor is a big reason why comedy is on the rise in South Africa. He is currently rolling on his nearly-sold-out Lost In Translation tour. "I think the reason [comedy is] doing so well is because South Africans need to laugh and South Africans want to laugh," he told CNN in 2013.
Even though he has two million Twitter followers (and counting), he still takes the time to reply to many of his Twitter fans. That's love in the social media age, folks.