Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is the current host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. He subsequently held several television hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and was the runner-up in the fourth season of South Africa’s iteration of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. From 2010 to 2011, Noah acted as the creator and host of the late-night talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah, which aired on M-Net and DStv. After his stand-up comedy career attained international success, Noah began appearing on American late-night talk shows and English panel shows. In 2014, Noah became the Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show, and the following year, he succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart, and is set to remain in this position until 2022. His autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime was published in 2016 and garnered critical acclaim. Noah has received various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award win from six nominations. He was named one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Trevor Noah was born on 20 February 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His father Robert is of Swiss ancestry, and his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is of Xhosa ancestry. She converted to Judaism when he was 10 or 11 years old, but did not have him convert, although she introduced him to some aspects and practices of Judaism. Under apartheid legislation, Noah’s mother was classified as Black, and his father was classified as White. Noah himself was classified as Coloured. His parents’ interracial relationship was illegal at the time of his birth under apartheid law. Interracial sexual relations and marriages were not decriminalized until the amended Immorality Act of 1985, a year after Noah’s birth. Noah’s mother was jailed and fined by the South African government. Patricia and her mother, Nomalizo Frances Noah, raised Trevor in the black township of Soweto. Noah spent his early youth at the private Maryvale College (at the age of three he started preschool, and at the age of five he went to primary school), a Catholic school in Johannesburg. During his childhood, he attended Roman Catholic church on Thursday and multiple services on Sunday.