Think you know all about Trevor Noah? Find out more about the comedian before he cracks wise in the capital
With more than eight million followers on Twitter, comedian Trevor Noah has become a household name in recent years.
Taking over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show saw the South African comedian broadcast five days a week to an audience of up to one million people. What’s more, he was the first ever South African comedian to feature on hit US TV shows The Tonight Show in 2012 and Late Night with David Letterman in 2013.
The TV presenter, comedian and author has many strings to his bow, but it’s his stand-up that’s taking centre stage again as the 33-year-old embarks on another global tour, Around the World.
Bringing the show to the capital, the comedian will perform two nights in Abu Dhabi on 15th and 16th December at du Arena, with the former already completely sold out as fans in the UAE clambered for tickets after sell-out performances in Dubai in 2014 and 2015.
But while Noah is now enjoying life in the spotlight, it wasn’t an easy journey for the funny man to get to where he is today.
As part of his routine, he often discusses race, drawing inspiration from his personal life growing up in South Africa under apartheid, joking that he was “born a crime”, as the child of mixed-race parents. In fact, Born A Crime is also the title of his first book published last year.
But before he takes to the stage on Yas Island to share his unique comedic style with audiences in the UAE, we’ve dug out some interesting facts on the performer ahead of his capital show.
He’s a man of many talents: The 33-year-old is a polyglot. He speaks a number of languages including Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Afrikaans, English and German.
He started young: The comedian’s first appearance in show business came at the age of 18 when he featured in the South African soap opera Isidingo, playing a minor role as a teenager at a party.
He has a serious side: Many critics panned his original outing in The Daily Show, saying he wasn’t getting angry enough, in stark contrast to his predecessor Jon Stewart. But Noah fought back saying that funny is serious and serious is funny.
He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from: Noah’s difficult childhood – he admits his white father had to walk on the opposite side of the road to him and his black mother – has given him inspiration for a lot of his work, including his latest Netflix stand-up special, Afraid of the Dark.
He’s got sick moves: Noah finished as the runner-up in South Africa’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. His last three dances were the cha cha, foxtrot and freestyle.
He’s not afraid to get political: Noah regularly addresses current affairs on
The Daily Show, most recently asking why the news somehow always ends up back at Trump.
He supports his friends: Pal John Legend co-founded US-based innovative education initiative LRNG and Noah is a firm supporter of the group that he says is “touching the lives of students across the country”.
He’s a kid at heart: Noah admitted the recently released Disney-Pixar film Coco is one of his favourites yet, saying he laughed and cried and left the cinema with a big smile on his face.
Tickets for Trevor Noah: Around the World start at AED 395. du Forum, Yas Island. 4pm. For more information and tickets, visit: ticketmaster.ae
WORDS Colin Armstrong