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Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the
of  The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth.
Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother
at a  when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.
Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly
indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and
often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a
government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally
liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor
and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and
freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long
The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting.  His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.
Trevor Noah is a South African actor, comedian, writer,                    TV host, and political commentator. He is best known for
hosting Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ since September
2015. He is also popular as the host and creator of the show                ‘Tonight with Trevor Noah’ on DStv and M-Net. Noah, who
was the runner-up on the fourth season of the reality dancing            competition show ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ is one of the most              sought-after hosts in the entertainment industry. Till date,
he has
hosted a number of South African and American TV                  programs, talk shows, and more. The South African star was
listed in Time magazine’s ‘100 most influential people’ in                      2018. Noah is a polyglot as he speaks multiple languages, such
as English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Afrikaans                  and German.
Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa to Robert and                          Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. His father is white while his mother is black. He has two                                    stepbrothers named Andrew and Isaac from his mother’s later marriage.