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Published on Feb 11, 2017
With a black mother of Bantu ethnicity and a white father of Swiss and German descent, raised in apartheid South Africa, Trevor Noah began his life whilst considered a crime by his own government. Born in 1984, when interracial unions were still forbidden, the comedian has come a long way from his humble upbringing in Johannesburg.
He began his career at the age of 18, starring in a soap opera and then went on to host his own radio show, "Noah's Ark", and eventually quit to focus on comedy.
Noah made a name for himself, attracting the attention of some of the world's most renowned comedians, like Jon Stewart. After moving to America in 2011, Noah would go on to become the first South African comedian to appear on "The Tonight Show" hosted by fellow comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon. After becoming a regular contributor to "The Daily Show", with over 200 writing credits under his belt, Jon Stewart handpicked him to be his successor, as host of "The Daily Show" - one of America's top political satire programs.
But as a foreigner in Trump's America, how does Noah's voice resonate? And can political satire be a force for change?
This week, comedian and TV host Trevor Noah talks to Al Jazeera.