Funny man facts

Five facts about the South African stand-up

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - INSIDE - Edited by Paul Clif­ford time­outabud­habi.com/bars

Want to learn more about Trevor Noah ahead of his gig in the cap­i­tal in De­cem­ber? You’ve come to the right place.

TREVOR NOAH IS com­ing back to Abu Dhabi in De­cem­ber, the sec­ond year in a row he’s ap­peared in the cap­i­tal.

The South African stand-up is a reg­u­lar visi­tor to the UAE, hav­ing wowed au­di­ences here since he was an up-and-com­ing comic.

He now re­turns as a huge star, hav­ing grad­u­ated from tour­ing co­me­dian to pre­sen­ter of huge hit The Daily Show in the US.

With a new Netáix spe­cial and a movie com­ing out about his life, things couldn’t be go­ing bet­ter for the Jo­han­nes­burg-born fun­ny­man. But did you know these Àve fun facts about him?

He’s a trail­blazer

Noah was the Àrst South African co­me­dian to ap­pear on the huge US TV hits The Late Show and The Tonight Show (in 2012 and 2013 repec­tively). In 2015, he took over from John Ste­wart on The Daily Show, de­spite not be­ing a house­hold name in the US.

Noah had a cameo in Marvel’s Black Pan­ther

In the box ofàce smash, Martin Free­man’s char­ac­ter Everett K. Ross has to guide a vir­tual plane into bat­tle. That ve­hi­cle has an ar­tià­cial in­tel­li­gence sys­tem called Griot, voiced by Noah. The co­me­dian is a big fan of the movie, which sees a lot of the char­ac­ters speak the South African lan­guage of Xhosa, which was spo­ken by his mother.

He speaks loads of lan­guages

Hail­ing from South Africa, he can speak a num­ber of lan­guages used in the coun­try, in­clud­ing English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tsonga and Tswana. He is cur­rently mas­ter­ing Ger­man and in­tends to move on to Span­ish af­ter that. Clever clogs.

Be­fore mak­ing an name for him­self in stand-up he was a soap star

That’s right, Noah had a small role in the South African soap opera Isidingo when he was 18. The show started in 1998 and is still run­ning. It deals with a bil­lion­aire TV boss, a mine man­ager and fam­i­lies liv­ing in the min­ing town of Hori­zon Deep.

He’s quite the mover

In 2012, Noah ap­peared on Strictly Come Danc­ing in South Africa and came sec­ond over­all, af­ter im­press­ing with his Latin danc­ing es­pe­cially. Is there any­thing this man can’t do?

→ From Dhs296.25. 8.30pm, Dec 21. du Fo­rum, Yas Is­land, www.tick­et­mas­ter.ae.

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