Trevor Noah: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Welcome back to the Trevor Noah list. Where you find out even more things you might not know about the new host of The Daily Show. We touched on his background and his style in the first half, but we’ll get even more in depth in the second.

Number Eight: His Parents’ Relationship Was Illegal. Because he grew up in apartheid South Africa, he also grew up in a time and place where the interracial relationship between his parents was illegal. For this reason, Trevor Noah had to act as if his father was unknown to him, just another stranger on the street.

Number Seven: His Career Began in Soaps. It was a South African soap opera, but a soap opera nonetheless. It was called Isidingo, and he appeared on the show when he was just 18 years old.

Number Six: He is the Most Successful Comedian in Africa. It would have to be assumed that he is the most successful comedian in South Africa. But to rule a whole continent? Trevor Noah is on another level. It makes his position at The Daily Show seem much more justifiable.

Number Five: He is Multilingual. Trevor Noah speaks five languages. It is safe to say that he brings an international legitimacy to The Daily Show that it didn’t quite have before he showed up.

Number Four: He’s a Late Night Pioneer. Even before hosting The Daily Show, he was the first South African comedian to appear on both The Tonight Show and Late Night With David Letterman.

Number Three: He Was on the Cover of GQ South Africa. It happened in 2014 before he got his late night spot. Plus, now you know that there’s a GQ South Africa.

Number Two: He Was in Forbes Magazine in 2013. He was listed as one of 13 African celebrities to watch.

Number One: He Would Pretend to be an Albino as a Child. In order to hide the fact that he was biracial, Trevor Noah would pretend that he had albinism as a boy. His mother told him to do this in order to hide the fact that his father was white. He obviously had to go to great lengths just to keep his parents out of jail. So how hard could it be to host The Daily Show when compared with all that?