Trevor Noah is coming back to Abu Dhabi in December, the second year in a row he’s appeared in the capital.
The South African stand-up is a regular visitor to the UAE, having wowed audiences here since he was an up-and-coming comic.
He now returns as a huge star, having graduated from touring comedian to presenter of huge hit The Daily Show in the US.
With a new Netflix special and a movie coming out about his life, things couldn’t be going better for the Johannesburg-born funnyman. But did you know these five fun facts about him?
He’s a trailblazer
Noah was the first South African comedian to appear on the huge US TV hits The Late Show and The Tonight Show (in 2012 and 2013 repectively). In 2015, he took over from John Stewart on The Daily Show, despite not being a household name in the US.
Noah had a cameo in Marvel’s Black Panther
In the box office smash, Martin Freeman’s character Everett K. Ross has to guide a virtual plane into battle. That vehicle has an artificial intelligence system called Griot, voiced by Noah. The comedian is a big fan of the movie, which sees a lot of the characters speak the South African language of Xhosa, which was spoken by his mother.
He speaks loads of languages
Hailing from South Africa, he can speak a number of languages used in the country, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tsonga and Tswana. He is currently mastering German and intends to move on to Spanish after that. Clever clogs.
Before making an name for himself in stand-up he was a soap star
That’s right, Noah had a small role in the South African soap opera Isidingo when he was 18. The show started in 1998 and is still running. It deals with a billionaire TV boss, a mine manager and families living in the mining town of Horizon Deep.
He’s quite the mover
In 2012, Noah appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in South Africa and came second overall, after impressing with his Latin
dancing especially. Is there anything this man can’t do?
From Dhs296.25. 8.30pm, Dec 21. du Forum, Yas Island, www.ticketmaster.ae.