In a recent interview with Lesley Stahl, Trevor Noah highlighted his lifelong struggle to be accepted in a late-night television world dominated by white men.
As a stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah owns the stage. It’s a huge contrast from his more constrained live studio day job on “The Daily Show,” where he went off to a rough start six years ago. “Oh I mean, everybody hated me. People didn’t even know me and they hated the idea of me.”
Trevor also opened up about his childhood. He is from South Africa, where he was born and raised under the apartheid. As it was prohibited for a Black woman like his mother and a White man like his father to marry and he even entitled his autobiography “Born a Crime.” He has always felt like an outsider, not quite black like his Xhosa mother, and not quite white like his Swiss father, whom he had only seen on odd occasions.
Trevor talked about how his grandfather used to refer him as Master. “That’s how he referred to me. ‘Master.’ And he’d always forced me to sit in the back of the car. Be like ‘Master.’ What can the police say if I say ‘the Master is sitting with me?'”
The comedian’s parents, particularly his grandma, had always been concerned that the police would come and find him. In fact his grandma would constantly hide him. “I probably would have been taken away to an orphanage. I was in pandemic before pandemic even existed.”
He abandoned his plans to attend college and became a standup comedian to tour the world. Despite Trevor Noah’s busy schedule as he does “The Daily Show” throughout the week and has hosted the Grammy Awards for the past two years, he refuses to give up on his stand-up tours.
According to Forbes, he is one of today’s highest-paid comedians.