25 things you need to know about Trevor Noah – New York Daily News

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015
Trevor Noah is the new host of “The Daily Show.” Find out more about him, like, right now.Getty Images/Getty Images

Trevor Noah is the new host of “The Daily Show.” Find out more about him, like, right now.

It’s okay if you don’t know who Trevor Noah is. But the South African comedian
just plucked to replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” does have more than 2 million fans on Facebook. Just sayin’.

So here are 25 things you need to know about Noah right now:

1. He’s a 31-year-old standup comedian who grew up in a South African township under apartheid.

2. He was “born a crime,” as he puts it. His mother was black, his father was white, and in South Africa in 1984 their marriage was illegal. His mother was fined and jailed. They stayed in South Africa anyway, he said, to continue being irritants to the system.

3. His first performance breakthrough was in a South African soap opera, “Isidingo.” He was 18.

4. He then became a radio DJ and hosted music awards and reality shows in South Africa.

5. He began focusing on comedy around 2007 and has gotten several boosts from British comedian Eddie Izzard.

6. He was the first South African comedian on both “The Tonight Show” (2012) and “Late Night With David Letterman” (2013).

7. His first “Daily Show” appearance was on Dec. 4.

8. He’s taller than Jon Stewart. Many are.

Trevor Noah, back in his days as a "Daily Show" correspondent.Byron Keulemans/ Comedy Central

Trevor Noah, back in his days as a “Daily Show” correspondent.

9. On his first “Daily Show” appearance, he joked that he was hesitant to visit America because of dangers from “your cops and your Ebola.”

10. He also said, “You know what African mothers tell their children? ‘Be thankful for what you have. There are fat children starving in Mississippi.'”

11. He often jokes about race, including the absurdity of his parents’ situation. He says his parents couldn’t be seen together with him on the street, so his father would wave from across the street, like a creepy pervert.

12. He often jokes about how little the rest of the world knows about Africa. In one standup bit, he tells a California surfer girl that he doesn’t surf and she replies, “In Africa, do you have waves?”

13. He can become animated as a standup, but his “Daily Show” style has been deadpan.

14. He loves to take selfies.

15. He loves taking pictures of things like frozen bicycles and dogs with purple socks.

16. He posts frequently on social media, including Twitter (@trevornoah) and Facebook.

17. “If PlayStation was smart, they’d get Brian Williams to be their spokesman — ‘PS4. So real, you’ll think you were there,'” he posted on Feb. 7.

18. His standup shows all over the world routinely sell out.

19. His fantasy trip, he told Interview, is a roller coaster tour. “If they go, ‘Your chair spins while it does a 360-degree loop going backwards through a sort of somersault,’ that’s my ride.”

20. The purpose of comedy is to make people laugh, he told Interview. “Anything else is a bonus.”

21. He says he never deliberately offends anyone with his comedy. He did, however, take some flak after South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was arrested for shooting his girlfriend when he tweeted, “And the Oscar goes to – jail!”

22. His riff on hip-hop includes the line that “back in the day, it was about challenging the establishment.…Nowadays it’s more about cough syrup and strippers.”

23. He doesn’t reveal much about his private life, saying he’s been a gypsy who mostly travels alone. In his routines, he refers to ex-girlfriends.

24. He has a pinned tweet from February at the top of his Twitter account: “Often, people who can do, don’t because they’re afraid of what people that can’t do will say about them doing.”

25. After Monday’s announcement, he posted, “No one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at ‘The Daily Show,’ we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”


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