Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Very Important Biracial: Trevor Noah

Even at birth, Johannesburg South Africa native Trevor Noah fomented controversy. Born in 1984 to Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, of Xhosa heritage and Robert, of Swiss German descent, his very existence was illegal in the apartheid regime of the time. Starting his career with a starring role on a South African soap, Mr Noah went on to become successful on a variety of tv shows, he moved on to focus on stand-up comedy, a budding art form in his country. Upon moving to the U.S. in 2011, he became the first South African stand-up to be featured on the Tonight Show. He was the subject of a documentary focusing on his career and starred in two comedy specials. In 2015, he was hand-picked by Daily Show host Jon Stewart to helm the iconic satire news program upon Stewart's departure. Soon after, some of Trevor's old tweets were brought to light. Deemed anti-semitic and sexist, the discovery of these tweets made it  necessary for him to address the sometimes ugly nature of comedy. Stewart, amongst others, defended the embattled future Daily Show host and on September 28, 2015 the 31-year old former stand-up sat at the legendary desk of its former star and began yet another chapter in his interesting professional path.

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