Man Oh Man – Trevor Noah
Comedian and The Daily Show host TREVOR NOAH, 33, has captivated the world with his wit and humour. His talent has seen him soar to great heights.
Trevor Noah owns 2017. The South African-born comedian and TV host has clocked soaring ratings and is ticking all the success boxes on his way to the top. The world continues to acknowledge his talent. In March, he was voted Favourite African Star at this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, beating fellow South Africans Pearl Thusi and Wayde van Niekerk, as well as Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. In May, he won Best Host at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards. Since taking over as host of The Daily
Show – an American late-night news/satire and talk show – in September 2015, the ratings have steadily increased. In May, the show recorded its most-watched week ever. That month, the show won an award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode at the 28th Annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.
The comedian is riding the crest of his new-found success wave, and is emerging as a respected personality in the entertainment industry. American rapper Shawn “Jay Z” Carter asked him to be in his recent short documentary
Footnotes. The doccie includes Chris Rock, Jesse Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Will Smith. Speaking to Metro FM’s Mo Flava in a recent interview,
The Daily Show host says, “It was one of things that come out of nowhere. You get a phone call, ‘Jay-Z wants you to… and you’re like yes! You go from a world where you were listening to Jay-Z and then he asks you to be on his album!” Global business magnate and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also gave Trevor’s book, Born a Crime a nod, saying it was one of his top reads.
So where did it all begin for this budding superstar? His breakthrough came in 2002 at age 18 when he starred on local soapie, Isidingo, then hosted
Noah’s Ark on Gauteng-based radio station YFM. He also hosted Real Goboza with Dineo Ranaka, Siyadlala, a sports show on SABC, Amazing Date with Pabi Moloi among many. He’s also hosted the South Africa Film and Television Awards, South African Music Awards and also had his own TV show Tonight
with Trevor Noah on MNet. And who can forget his big collaboration with Cell C as the company’s ‘CEO’? But, it’s comedy that propelled Trevor’s career to greater heights. His notable work includes popular one-man shows and DVDs: Daywalker, Crazy Normal, That’s Racist, It’s My Culture, and African American. In 2015 he bagged the Comic of the Year award at the local Comic’s Choice Awards. Trevor’s quest to conquer the US began in 2012 when he became the first South African to appear on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno and later on Late Show with David Letterman and soon enough more gigs trickled in. Eventually in 2014 he became a contributor on The Daily Show and in March 2015 he was announced as successor to Jon Stewart as the new presenter. Trevor’s first solo show aired on 28 September 2015.
There have been struggles for Trevor. Speaking at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal in US, the comedian revealed his battle with depression. “Every comedian knows, you’re going to have your good days, you’re going to have your bad days but you don’t win. Winning is getting to the end without committing suicide, and Jim Carrey was one of the first comedians that described the beast that many of us face in this room and that’s depression.” Trevor continues: “I didn’t know what that thing was. I just thought I liked sleeping for weeks on end sometimes, and then I read Jim’s story on depression and I was like, ‘Oh s**t, that’s what’s going on,’ and I thank you because I found a way to fight it.”
Trevor has also discussed his difficult background due to having a black mom and white dad. His parents were never together. Speaking to GQ magazine, he says “In the streets, my father couldn’t walk with us. He’d walk on the other side of the road and wave at me, like a creepy paedophile.”
In the same interview, Trevor discloses how in 1994, everything went pear-shaped when his mom married another man. “Over time, his true colours came out. He was an alcoholic; an extremely angry drunk person, and very abusive.” In 2009 things took a turn for the worse when his stepfather shot and almost killed his mom. Speaking to People magazine, Trevor said, “I think watching my mom, her growth post-shooting, our family and the way we became stronger, really became the example that I chose to live by. That’s really what I’ve stuck to, and that’s how I try to live my life every day”. Trevor’s girlfriend Jordyn Taylor is a singer and model. They allegedly began dating in 2015. She appears to be his biggest fan as demonstrated by an Instagram post. “I’m so proud of the dimply-faced man who shared with us the deepest and sometimes darkest parts of his life.”
Speaking on Real Talk with Anele about the relationship, a coy Trevor says, “I’m very happy.” He added: “That’s the thing I’ve learned: happiness is a choice; happiness is hard work.”
ACCEPTING HIS MTV AWARD FROM SNOOP DOGG. WITH GIRLFRIEND JORDYN TAYLOR.