Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His father was a man of Swiss-German descent, classified as "white" under South African legislation, while his mother is of African descent, classified as "black." Noah grew up primarily raised by his mother and her extended family in the Johannesburg area. He attended Maryvale College, a private Catholic school.
Noah began his career with a small role on the South African soap opera Isidingo and by hosting a radio show before switching to a focus on comedy. He quickly became a strong presence in the South African comedy scene, performing in festivals such as The Blacks Only Comedy Show, the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, and the Cape Town International Comedy Festival. He also moved into TV hosting in 2004 with an educational TV program called Run the Adventure and went on to co-host other television programs such as a dating game show and a reality competition series.
Noah moved to the United States in 2011 and appeared on The Tonight Show in January 2012. He was the first-ever South African stand-up comedian to do so. In 2013, he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and in 2014, he became a reoccurring contributor to The Daily Show in 2014. In September 2015, Noah replaced Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. He is currently under contract to host the show through 2022, and he is also scheduled to produce and host annual end-of-year specials for the Comedy Central network.
In addition to his work as a comedian, Noah has made appearances on film and TV projects such as Nashville and Black Panther. He published his first book, Born a Crime, in 2016, to strong acclaim.