When Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, was a child (in apartheid South Africa, where interracial relationships were banned), his South African biracial mom converted to Judaism (his white dad is Swiss). “I lived my life as a part-white, part-black but then sometimes Jewish kid, and I didn’t understand because she didn’t make me convert,” he told NPR’s Terry Gross. “When I turned 13, she threw me a bar mitzvah, but nobody came because nobody knew what the hell that was. I only had black friends — no one knows what the hell you’re doing. So, it was just me and my mom and she’s celebrating and she’s reading things to me in Hebrew.” Noah, who recounts his mother’s religious pursuits and is always searching for new information as a “gift” she gave him, puts on his stand-up hat for a headlining performance at the Fox Theatre. In addition to various stand-up comedy specials, Noah was the subject of friend David Paul Meyer’s documentary, You Laugh but It’s True, about his career in post-apartheid South Africa. He’s also the author of the New York Times’ bestselling Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
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