Being a comedian for most people is all about eliciting laughter from people. Because of this, they say stupid, insensitive, and vulgar things that are not mostly funny. However, this is not the case with Trevor Noah. For him, comedy has to do with using intelligent humor to promote the general welfare of humanity. To a great extent, he has lived up to his standards and has become one of the best in the craft worldwide. Below is everything you need to know about the talented bloke, including his rise to fame, parents, and details of his love life.
Who Is Trevor Noah?
Let’s tell Trevor’s tale from his perspective a bit. The comedian believes he is the most successful comedian from Africa at large. The claim is neither brazen nor preposterous. He is truly the best from Africa and one of the finest in the world. While he throws punchline hilarious but brilliant jokes, his mimicking of people from different parts of the world or specific individuals is top-notch. And the fact that he’s a polyglot is an added advantage. He is good in German, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Tsonga, Zulu, and of course, proficient in English.
Noah became an international sensation after it was announced in 2015 that he will take over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. He joined the Comedy Central late-night television program in 2014 as a contributor when Stewart was the host. Shortly after, it was announced that Trevor would succeed Stewart as host; the South African was called out for some of his tweets, which were regarded as offensive to fat women and Jews. In all, it was expressed that Noah is unfit to take charge of the late-night show.
Thankfully, Comedy Central came to Trevor’s defense. The Viacom Global Entertainment Group’s television channel issued a statement which expressed that it is not fair to Judge Trevor’s character based on a handful of jokes. Comedy Central explained that Noah is sometimes provocative even to himself and thereafter asserted that he is a talented comedian.
Beyond being a comedian, Trevor has starred in a few films. These include portraying himself in the 2011 documentary – You Laugh But It’s True. That same year, he played Pilo in Taka Takata. Also, he was Bookie in the 2012 comedy film – Mad Buddies.
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Trevor Noah’s Twisted Family Heritage
If you ever hear about a celebrity who was born a crime, it’s possibly Trevor. The comedian doesn’t mince words in sharing how it was against the law for his parents to have him when they had him, which was during apartheid in South Africa.
The then-apartheid government of South Africa, among other things, made it illegal for black citizens of the country to have romantic affairs with whites. But Trevor’s mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo – a black Xhosa woman and his father Robert, a white man of Swiss-German ancestry found love in each other’s arms, disregarding societal boundaries. The Patricia-Robert affair was what produced the international star that is Trevor Noah.
Because the law frowned at such integration, Patricia had to face the stipulated punishment for her actions by paying a fine and even going to jail. On the other hand, Robert went back to his country, Switzerland, while Trevor was mostly raised by his maternal grandmother. You will find more of this tale in the comedian’s 2016 book – Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
The book, which is a collection of Trevor’s personal stories about growing up in his home country, became a New York Times bestseller immediately it was released. Likewise, the audio version has been faring well. The book earned the comedian two nominations for the prestigious NAACP Image Awards. While it was nominated for the Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category, it was also picked for the Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author honor.
After putting the past behind her, Patricia married a man named Ngisaveni Abel Shingange with whom she had two sons named Andrew and Isaac. The marriage came to an end in 1996 because Ngisaveni wouldn’t stop abusing Patricia physically. He didn’t stop after that as he shot her in the head when she got engaged to another man in 2009. Thankfully Patricia survived the attack.
Before Trevor moved to the U.S in 2011, he was already famous in his country and pretty popular across the world. He worked with a handful of media establishments before his breakthrough with Comedy Central.
Who Is He Dating Right Now?
The comedian is probably being told every day that he’s good looking. He’s several inches taller than 5 feet and the height is perfect for his body structure. Trevor Noah will probably get married someday but as at the time of this report, he is not married to anyone. Nonetheless, he has dated a few beautiful women, including the latest – Jordyn Taylor – an American singer-songwriter also known as a model.
They started dating sometime in 2015 and looked like they were in for the long haul. They went on vacation to different places together and Trevor even took her to South Africa more than once but sometime in 2018, Taylor and Trevor called it quits for no given reason.
Before Taylor, Trevor Noah’s known girlfriend was Dani Bagel. It is said that Taylor and Bagel have a striking resemblance, and are both into music. For now, Trevor has not shared anything about the woman in his life as he’s not one to flaunt his love life in public.