Lost in Translation
While the South African native is best known for succeeding Jon Stewart upon the Primetime Emmy Award winner’s departure from The Daily Show
, a satirical news program that provides political commentary with a dash of late-night humor, Noah’s talents span beyond his antics as a politicking provocateur on Comedy Central. Amongst a random smattering of hosting gigs, he starred in a South African soap opera and appeared on a dating show prior to switching gears to comedy.
Citing modern black comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as major influences, Noah draws upon his childhood in Johannesburg and his mixed-race heritage for comedic inspiration. (Because the relationship between his parents was illegal under the apartheid, the government sent his mother, of mixed Xhosa and Jewish ancestry, to jail. Until her release, Noah was raised by his maternal grandmother in the Soweto township, the site of the deadly Soweto Uprising in 1976.)
Noah later wedged his way into the spotlight while opening for headliners like Gabriel Iglesias and Russell Peters. Upon relocating to the United States, he became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
and The Late Show with David Letterman
But, despite his unlikely triumph, the comedian is hardly a stranger to controversy. Hours after joining the Daily Show
cast, he witnessed a wave of backlash after a Buzzfeed editor retweeted a number of the comedian’s questionable (i.e. sexist) jokes from the past.
In response, Comedy Central defended the fledgling Daily Show
host, stating, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included ... To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central."
Noah himself voiced regret over the controversial material, admitting that he was an "idiot" in a report by Time
Whether or not the comedian deserved a hard slap on the wrist, his mischievous smirk begs forgiveness. And, with a turbulent election season upon us, this performance won’t be one to miss.
Tickets to see Trevor Noah go on sale Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. Prices range from $38 to $58.
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts announced that it will present Trevor Noah on Friday, October 28, as a part of the stand-up comedian’s