Trevor Noah is the favourite South African comedian who has sold more DVDs than any other standup on that continent. Fans recite his performances verbatim, share his clips globally, and have joined him in legions on Facebook and Twitter.
Trevor Noah is a fascinating and funny new voice on the nature of race, thanks to his unique perspective on the world. He was born in the apartheid era to a black mum and a white Swiss father – even though such relationships were illegal at the time. The racial pecking order was so instilled in society that his own maternal grandfather called him ‘master’, even if it was tongue-in-cheek.
There are the inevitable lines about his twin heritage, but it’s true he’s inherited both the ballsy approach of his mother and the bone-dry sensibilities of his father. His best routines are not afraid to raise interesting points on contentious topics, but he tells them in a soft way, which makes them as thoughtful as they are funny.
Noah has hosted numerous television shows in South Africa, including the country’s music, television and film awards, the South African Comedy Festival, and two seasons of his own late night talk show. He is also the subject of the award-winning film Township to the Stage which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa.
Noah had his U.S. television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last year, which prompted multiple invitations to return and appear in signature sketches. He toured America with stand-up star Gabriel Iglesias playing to packed houses in the thousands, and headlined club venues winning over audiences at every stop.
“You can see what prompted Eddie Izzard to want to produce him…..he performs with remarkable poise, scoring plenty of hits…..a great entertainer” - Times
Noah presented his one man show “The Racist” at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe (presented by British comedian Eddie Izzard) in a sold out run that became one of the most talked about shows of the festival. Recently completing an unprecedented three month run across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Noah has also just completed a six week sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.
Tickets on sale now!
MELBOURNE – TRADES HALL 28 MARCH – 21 APRIL
Book at Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 www.comedyfestival.com.au
BRISBANE – SIT DOWN COMEDY CLUB TUESDAY 23 APRIL
Book at Club 3369 4466 www.standup.com.au
SYDNEY – FACTORY THEATRE FRIDAY 26 APRIL
Book at Festival Box Office 9020 6999 www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or Ticketek 132 849