Trevor Noah impresses Jay Leno

2012-01-09 10:15
Jody Nel
Johannesburg - Trevor Noah made history on Friday when he became the first South African comedian to perform stand-up comedy on American late-night talk show show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

During his performance he made jokes which mainly focused on how difficult it was for him to grow up during apartheid in South Africa.

Noah's mother is black and his father is Swiss.

"They (his parents) came together and had me. So I was born a crime," Noah joked, referring to The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act during apartheid.

'One giant leap'

After his appearance he received some criticism for saying in a joke that black Americans, who are called African-Americans in the US, are not real Africans.

Noah tweeted on Saturday that an American called him a racist for this remark. "I'm not racist some of my best parents are black!" he said.

Shortly after the show he tweeted about how great the experience was: "Just did the Tonight Show set and it was amazing. I got a standing ovation! Words cannot describe how happy I am."

He later tweeted that the opportunity to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is "one small step for me, one giant leap for African Comedy!"

A video of Noah's performance that was loaded onto YouTube on Saturday, received more than 16 000 views by Sunday.

The episode featuring Trevor Noah will be broadcast on Tuesday on CNBC Africa, on DStv channel 410 at 21:00. Oscar-winning actress Glenn Close is also a guest on the show.

Watch Trevor Noah on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno here:



  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-09 10:29

    Well done Trevor. It's so refreshing to see and hear a decent, clean comedy act that is really smart.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-09 10:32

    I knew he was going to make it big!!

      yolie.Landa - 2012-01-09 13:52

      I knows Trevo is good. I knows that guy from tv*in coloured accent*

  • rick.borrett - 2012-01-09 10:58

    This will get all the PC people going. Brilliant

  • brianmacza - 2012-01-09 11:10

    Epic... Trevor is on my list of favourite comedians. Taking the p|ss is an artform that most comics smother in foul language.. TN is a gentleman.

  • alnkabinde - 2012-01-09 11:19

    Much love, Trevor!

  • Izaan - 2012-01-09 11:23

    I have quite a big stand up comedy dvd collection and I visit Parker's as often as possible. what struck me about him is he never swears! Most of the other comedians need to use toilet humour to be funny. Trevor is just funny with normal every day life. Yoooo the car's going to bump me yoooooo!

      George - 2012-01-09 13:55

      I fully agree.

  • larry.hanna - 2012-01-09 11:24

    Trevor Noah, You rock, you remind me so much of Bill Crosby. Truly an art to make people laugh without the aid of foul language. Rock on and may your star shine bright where ever you are in the world. God Bless.

      Paul - 2012-01-10 07:54

      Its that an amalgamation of Bing Crosby and Bill Cosby?

  • therealunskinny - 2012-01-09 12:19


  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-09 12:27

    Brilliant..had a subtle dig at black Americans calling themselves African. I bet that stung.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-09 13:26

    Good Morning Young South Africa! Fantastic! Noah, making it good in the USA. Brilliant and fun.

  • mdabu.ntiwane - 2012-01-09 13:33

    Another comic-musician-actor I really enjoy watching a lot of times is Will Smith, especially as he detests the use of foul language in his music and stand-up comedy as well, so it would be great for them (Trevor Noah and Will Smith) to share just 10 minutes of stage time together one day. That show would be a hoot. Thanks Trevor for making us proud.

  • renejupp - 2012-01-09 13:36

    Well done! Proudly South African!

  • George - 2012-01-09 13:54

    Heyta da! I hope clowns like David Kau and Loyiso Gola will take a leaf out of your books. I can't stand the two clowns. You are a marvel to watch.

  • Natasha - 2012-01-09 14:25

    Brilliant! - was it my imagination or was his accent different when he first came on? Shame maybe it was nerves. Very good performance on his part!!

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-01-09 14:38

    Well, Trevor! You got something really right this side! Not one negative comment to be found! Very proud of you, and a very big fan! :)

  • debbie.d.vries - 2012-01-09 17:42

    Proudly South African - What a boykie!

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-09 17:50

    Brilliant! LOL

  • henk63 - 2012-01-09 18:07

    It has been said that when a black man speaks, you can bet on it that within five minutes he will talk about his blackness. We blacks this and we blacks that. Will the day ever come that they will just talk about themselves as part of the human race? Don't bet on it.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-09 21:26

      You need to get out more.

  • Sarah - 2012-01-09 20:06 that was real cool...I was wondering what he was gona talk about and I must say that he played it off smoothly...great stuff Trevor!!...I loved it..

  • spijolijo12 - 2012-01-09 20:30

    Oooooh! This guy is such a gret comedian,I'm finished with laughter werei am. Big up Trev..... We love you at home.

  • Paul - 2012-01-10 07:54

    loved how he says mixed, mixed mixed, cause we all know how taboo saying colored is in the US.

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  • colin.chester1 - 2012-01-10 08:14

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant!

  • Nazeem - 2012-01-10 08:33

    Good show Trevor,My fifteen year old son and I are big fans.You are very gifted.Khosi sikelile afrika,numnumnumnum nnnnn nn

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-10 09:01

    Brilliant!! Well Done Trevor :+)

      ACEUP - 2012-01-10 13:29

      Come on, bring this great comedian to the Mother city for a few shows please. I love comedy and he is wonderful.

  • amy.lydia - 2012-01-10 15:19

    Checked the YouTube vid' last night & am SO stoked for Trevor! *sigh* Pity the Americans're so touchy about race -- really? Trev's an intelligent comedian & deserves the accolades :) Doesn't hurt that he's incredibly attractive too.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-10 18:36

    i agree! 'African' americans are not african! White south africans have more rights to call themselves africans as they were born in africa! You can't be african just coz you're black!

      Loreen - 2012-01-11 10:13

      Finally somebody agrees! African Americans have no right to call themselves African. Dictionaries clearly state that an African is a person born in or white. White South Africans don't have a right to call ourselves Africans???...of course we do if we were born in here!

      darvis.white - 2013-02-15 19:45

      If you understood the history of why black americans call themselves african american you wouldn't say that. As a race black americans were systematically erased of any connection to the continent. Only recently have many of them come to know that they are from africa. In addition to this, EVERY ethnic group that comes to america has a signifier to describe their origin(Irish American, Italian American, Korean American, Native American)

  • louis.roodt - 2012-01-11 07:44


  • barb.magill - 2012-01-11 15:58

    I missed you Trevor when you disappeared off the TV in the ad!! Great to see you again!

  • Joseph - 2012-03-06 12:23

    nice 1 noah u are making all of africa proud gud 1

  • Gracious - 2012-04-04 13:58

    Dankie boet, we love you so much, thanks God for giving Trevor Small-Richards Bay

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