South African Comedian Trevor Noah
With a career that includes being a radio DJ, actor and TV host, South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah has certainly found his calling in comedy, with a fan-base that just keeps growing, both in his home country and internationally. Wherever he goes Noah receives positive reviews, and has been given the thumbs-up for his stand-up routine, The Racist, which he is currently performing at venues in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. South Africans can look forward to seeing him at Montecasino in Gauteng from 28 February 2014, where he’ll be performing his new show, It’s My Culture.
Born to a Xhosa mother and Swiss father during the Apartheid era, Noah was raised in Soweto, and he uses his childhood experiences and the insights he gained to his advantage in his comedy. He also has a way of picking up on the culture of the country he is visiting which resonates positively with his audiences wherever he goes. His international TV appearances include a spot on the Jay Leno Show, an interview with David Letterman and as a contestant on the BBC’s QI series, where he wowed the audience (especially Stephen Fry) with his rendition of the “click song” which was made famous by the legendary Miriam Makheba. He has also toured the US with American comedian Gabriel Iglesias, opened for Canadian comedian Russell Peters on his South African tour, and performed at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, hosted by British comedian Eddie Izzard. He completed a six-week sold-out stint at London’s Soho Theater at the end of 2013 before heading off for other venues in the United Kingdom.
Fans are no doubt delighted at the news that South Africa’s favourite comedian is going to be appearing in a sitcom based on his life experiences. The show is to be produced by Overbrook Entertainment (part-owned by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) collaborating with Legendary Television, and will be presented by Fox Television. Hopefully, he’ll continue to do stand-up comedy, as anyone who has seen Trevor Noah live on stage will no doubt agree, it’s an experience worth repeating.