Trevor Noah is a popular South African comedian. He is usually referred to as ‘the funny man’. Recently, Trevor Noah joined the list of trending names in international comedy. He is the latest contributor for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, debuting on 4 December 2014. He is gradually gaining international recognition and fame and I guess you must have heard about him. But, how much do you know about him? There are very many interesting things about him you’ll be surprised you didn’t know about. Read on…

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About Travis And His Parents

Trevor Noah was born on 20th February 1984, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently 34 years old.

He is of a mixed descent as he was born to a South African (Xhosa) mother “Noah  and a white European (Swiss) father “Noah” in the heat of South-African Apartheid. This is usually one of the major sources of fun in his comedy talks. Since mixed marriages were illegal then, it was really a hide and seek marriage as his mother was arrested from time to time for marrying his father, a white man.

He grew up in Soweto town, and it was never a smooth one as a result of the apartheid. His parents were always separated and he spent some of his childhood with his grandmother. His parents finally succumbed to the pressure and separated. After the split, his mother remarried and it was not a fun period for him then but now, he draws so much humour from the whole unpleasant but past events.

Also, he speaks not less than six languages. This ability he said was made possible by the people that surrounded him while growing up. His relations from both sides speak differently and in the bid to adapt, he had to learn their languages.


In terms of his career as a comedian, Trevor doesn’t seem to have his mother’s support. This was further reinforced when Trevor’s mother was asked publicly about her views on her son’s career. She never gave a supportive response. She expressed complete lack of interest. This was her response:

Ufun’ ukuthetha ngezinto zasecawini” ( Is it church matters you want to talk  about)? No, unless you want to talk about izinto zasecawini, I know nothing. Not at all. I have not even watched one movie or show, and I know nothing about his life. I’m strictly into God’s things – not interested in Trevor’s things.

Career And Networth

He is a highly talented comedian and this is proven by the fact as he does not put down his speeches in writing, not even a sketch of it as some other comedians do. He does everything spontaneously and this makes a lot of difference. He generates humour from whatever he feels is suitable for the situation and audience at that moment.