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.

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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.”


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