Jon Stewart’s last day on The Daily Show after 16 years was on August 6. Many of the previous correspondents — including Steve Carell, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and more — appeared to say goodbye to the host. One of those goodbyes included Colbert telling him, “You were infuriatingly good at your job,” according to The New York Times. “All of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours.”
But now someone new will be hosting the talk show and many who don’t know him might feel a little worried. Trevor Noah will premiere in his first episode as the show’s host on September 28. He has acknowledged that the show will never be the same without Jon Stewart so they won’t strive for it to be.
“The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah told reporters at the Television Critics Association according to Entertainment Weekly. “That’s what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now.”
He then went on to say the show will include his angle and perspective. But to really get what his perspective would be you’ll have to know a few things about Trevor Noah. So here are eight very interesting things about the new host of The Daily Show.
1. His own existence was illegal in South Africa
Noah’s mother is African while his father is Swiss. Interracial relationships were illegal during the apartheid era in South Africa so the couple hid their relationship. Trevor Noah’s mother actually went to jail for being in an interracial relationship for a short period of time. Noah and his family would even lie to people saying that he had albinism to explain his lighter skin to others. In his comedy routines he talks about how he wasn’t allowed to walk on the same sidewalk as his father because of the color of his skin.
2. He got his start on a soap opera
At 18 years old, the comedian got his big break through a cameo on a South African soap opera. The show was titled Isidingo and it depicted people who live in a South African mining town that come from various socioeconomic backgrounds, including the wealthy, the middle-class, and the working class.
3. He can speak at least five languages
Thanks to where he was raised, the future television host knows many languages. He can speak English, German, Sotho, Xhosa, isiZulu, and Afrikaans.
4. He was the first South African to appear on two late night shows
Noah is regularly making history. He was the first South African to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman. He did his comedy routine on both shows to talk about his experiences growing up and coming to America.
5. He had his own talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah
Some may have been shocked that Jon Stewart would let Noah take the reins after being a contributor for only about a year. But the comedian has a resume that proves he’s up for the task. He had his own talk show in 2010 that was based on American talk shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
6. He’s a good dancer
The comedian knows how to show off his moves if he has to. He placed second on BBC’s celebrity television show called Strictly Come Dancing competition with Hayley Hammond in 2008.
7. His stepfather tried to kill him and his mother
Sadly, the comedian’s stepfather, Abel Shingange tried to kill his mother by shooting her in the face back in their home in Johannesburg, according to Daily Mail. She lived through the ordeal after he left her for dead. He then tried to find Noah while armed with a handgun but couldn’t get to him. He was later put in jail.
8. He got his name thanks to John Travolta
In the same interview with Daily Mail his mother revealed that she got the name Trevor after being inspired by her favorite actor, John Travolta. “Trevor was the closest I could get to Travolta,” she revealed.
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