Trevor Noah – From Cell C CEO to the host of The Daily Show

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres on Comedy Central on 28 September, replacing the iconic The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Comedy Central announced in March that Noah would replace Stewart as The Daily Show host. Stewart hosted the show for over 15 years.

“It’s an honour to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at The Daily Show have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah.

The premiere week of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah will see Kevin Hart, Whitney Wolfe, Chris Christie, and Ryan Adams appear on the show.

Here is Noah’s journey from a young boy in Johannesburg to international stardom.

Trevor Noah was born in Johannesburg on 20 February 1984

Trevor Noah was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, was black, while his father Robert – a native of Switzerland – was white.

His parents’ relationship was illegal at the time of his birth due to apartheid, and his mother was jailed and fined by the South African government.

Trevor Noah as a kid

Noah attended a Catholic school in Johannesburg

Noah spent his early youth at the private school Maryvale College, a Catholic school in Johannesburg.

His father later moved back to Switzerland and Noah was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, Nomalizo Frances Noah.

Maryvale College

Noah gets a starring role on Isidingo in 2002

Noah had a starring role on the South African soap opera Isidingo in 2002 when he was 18. After starring in Isidingo, Noah hosted the radio show Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s youth radio station YFM.


Noah hosted many TV shows from 2004 to 2007

Noah went on to host educational show Run The Adventure from 2004–06 on SABC 2. In 2007 he hosted The Real Goboza, a gossip show on SABC 1, and Siyadlala, a sports show which also aired on SABC.

Trevor Noah show

Noah co-hosted The Amazing Date in 2008

In 2008, Noah co-hosted alongside Pabi Moloi on The Amazing Date – a dating game-show – and was a Strictly Come Dancing contestant in season 4.

Trevor Noah Strictly Come Dancing

He hosted many events, including Tonight with Trevor Noah on MNet

In 2009, Noah hosted the South Africa Film and Television Awards and co-hosted The Axe Sweet Life – a reality competition series.

In 2010, Noah hosted the South African Music Awards and Tonight with Trevor Noah on MNet.

Tonight with Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah becomes the Cell C CEO (Chief Experience Officer)

In 2010, Noah became a spokesperson and consumer protection agent for Cell C, South Africa’s third largest cellular provider.

Trevor Noah Cell C CEO

Noah focusses on comedy

Noah dropped his radio show and acting to focus on comedy, and performed with many top South African comedians.

He performed all over South Africa in The Blacks Only Comedy Show, the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Vodacom Campus Comedy Tour, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival, the Jozi Comedy Festival, and Bafunny Bafunny.

His stand-up comedy specials in South Africa include The Daywalker (2009), Crazy Normal (2011), That’s Racist (2012), and It’s My Culture (2013).

Trevor Noah comedy

He moved to the United States in 2011

In 2011, Noah moved to the United States, and on 6 January 2012, Noah became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show.

On 17 May 2013 he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman.

Trevor Noah on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Noah was the subject of the 2012 documentary You Laugh But It’s True.

trevor noah You Laugh But It's True

Trevor Noah was the Roastmaster in a Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr

On 12 September 2012, Noah was the Roastmaster in a Comedy Central Roast of South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr.

Trevor Noah Roastmaster in a Comedy Central Roast of South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr

In 2013 he was a guest on BBC Two’s comedy show QI.

Trevor Noah QI

Noah becomes a contributor on The Daily Show in 2014

In December 2014, Noah became a recurring contributor on The Daily Show.

Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

Trevor Noah announced as the host of The Daily Show

In March 2015, Comedy Central announced that Noah would succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show – starting on 28 September 2015.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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