Trevor Noah
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The Daily Show host first appeared on Time’s cover in September last year when he shared the limelight with other late-night show hosts.


South African comedian and television host Trevor Noah has made it onto the cover of Time magazine cover for the second time in just over five months.

The 33-year-old first appeared on Time’s cover in September last year when he shared the limelight with other late-night show hosts in a feature labelled: The partisan politics of late-night comedy.

The magazine revealed on Friday that the Daily Show host and “nine other stars are ready to take over their fields”.

The article list ten young rising stars and industry changers; from innovative artists and athletes to risk-taking activists and groundbreaking entrepreneurs.

By his 20s, Noah was one of the first popular comedians in South Africa to have both white and black fans. He’d come up selling illegal CDs in high school and deejaying parties before finding his way to radio and stand-up. He hosted a South African late-night show in the 2010s and was the subject of the documentary, You Laugh But It’s True.

He toured the world as a standup comedian, sometimes taking aim at America, eventually getting invited on The Daily Show by Stewart.

He found himself in the awkward position of turning down one of the world’s most powerful comedians. Noah was on a world tour and didn’t want to give up international gigs for a spot on an American television program. “I just didn’t have time,” he says.

The two kept in touch and Noah eventually became a recurring correspondent on The Daily Show, using his segments to call out American ignorance and hypocrisy. In 2015, he earned one of the most coveted perches on U.S. television.

Noah may have begun his career on The Daily Show playing an outsider, but now he chafes at that label.

Noah was one of the few talking heads to predict Trump could win the presidency, a suggestion his Daily Show writers found absurd when he made it over the summer. Many critics have attributed Noah’s clairvoyance to his outsider status, and in part they’re right.

“Americans by their very nature think they’re exceptional,” he says. “And it’s true: America is an idea that shouldn’t work. But I come from a place where I’ve seen that kind of rhetoric work, where I know people aren’t immune.”

Read the full article here.

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