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Trevor Noah: 5 Things To Know About The New ‘Daily Show’ Host

Mon, March 30, 2015 11:34am EDT by 2 Comments

He’s the name on everybody’s lips, yet, most of us don’t know too much about Trevor Noah. Let’s get familiar with the new host of ‘The Daily Show’ with these five facts about the funny dude!

Early on Mar. 30, news broke that relative unknown Trevor Noah, 31, would be taking over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. The news that Trevor, who just joined The Daily Show in December, 2014, would be stepping up to the desk at some point this year, had many scratching their heads and saying, “who?” However, it turns out, Trevor is hardly new to the performing scene. In fact, he’s one of the biggest names in standup comedy– in South Africa! Here are five more facts you probably didn’t know about the next Daily Show host!

Trevor Noah: 5 Facts

Trevor is about to step into the spotlight in a major way, so we better get to know a thing or two about him!

5. He has a complicated past: Trevor is the son of a black Xhosa mother from South Africa, Patricia, and a white Swiss father, Robert, a marriage between whom was illegal under apartheid. In fact, before apartheid (a system of racial segregation in South Africa) was abolished in 1991, his mother spent some time in jail. “My mother had to be very clandestine about who my father was,” Trevor told the New York Times. “He couldn’t be on my birth certificate.” Noah’s parents are no longer married.

4. He’s multilingual: Actually, Trevor is very multilingual. He speaks a total of six (!) of the 11 official languages of South Africa (where he was born), a characteristic which certainly sets him apart from other talk show hosts of the past and present. He is also currently attempting to learn German to better communicate with his father.

3. Jon Stewart helped in selecting Trevor: While Trevor being chosen was ultimately up to Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, she said that Jon’s opinion was definitely part of the decision and that he was “our consigliere through the whole process.”

2. He won’t steer clear of the controversial: Currently based in New York, Trevor is an international traveler, and that will be reflected in his comedy. “I’m a product of that existence, of that world,” he told Time Out London. “My racial identity has been reclassified at least three times just in my lifetime, so it’s very important to me.”

1. He has been around: When he was just 18, Trevor had a role in a South African soap opera called Idigingo, which was just the start of his entertainment endeavors. He went on to host a radio show, an educational show, a gossip show and a dating show. He was also a contestant on a Dancing with the Stars-style celebrity dance show. However, he hung up most of his hats to focus mainly on comedy and in January of 2012, he became the first South African comedian to perform on The Tonight Show.

In other words, Trevor has got this Daily Show thing on lock!

What do you think of Trevor as the new Daily Show host? Do you think he was the right choice?

 — Casey Mink