Trevor Noah Quotes

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Trevor Noah Quotes

Ive lived many places all over the world, so Ive always seen myself as a citizen of the world.
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If you laugh with somebody, then you know you share something.

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I was born in South Africa during apartheid, a system of laws that made it illegal for people to mix in South Africa. And this was obviously awkward because I grew up in a mixed family. My mother's a black woman, South African Xhosa woman ... and my father's Swiss, from Switzerland.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: If you look at it the history of comedy
If you look at it, the history of comedy has always been strongest among the nations who have been persecuted the most.

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I've never been afraid to fall in love, nor impatient to find it.

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My mom used to get arrested for being with my dad. She would get fined. She would spend weekends in jail.

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I live in a country where I'd say nine out of ten people know me when I walk through the streets. There's people taking pictures, there's tabloids trying to make up stories. I'm used to that. The same thing when I'm in Australia or the U.K.: I get stopped.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: My mom through my dad rented the
My mom, through my dad, rented the apartment next door to his ... he had the lease on both places. But then, she would dress up and act like his maid ... a practical maid. No fantasies.

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I don't think I have thick skin, but I heal fast. It's easy to break through, but I heal fast.

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We live in the Internet age. Everyone wants clicks. Clicks are what sells.

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What I've always said about comedy is if you do it in the right way, you can say anything to anybody because they know where you're coming from. They know it's not malicious.

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I'm not a big Hollywood guy. I don't know how the machine works. I leave that to people better than myself.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Ive always been a fan of issues around
I've always been a fan of issues around race and racialism, and I've loved playing with it. People act as though it isn't an issue, but it's a recurring theme in our lives globally.

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Africa's not a color - it's a place.

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America was a thing I saw on TV - that wasn't a real world. That wasn't within my realm of dreaming.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: I always believe that funny is serious
I always believe that funny is serious and serious is funny. You don't really need a distinction between them.

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I want my audience to be my friends - that is when they will get the best comedy. If they see me as a performer, they won't get the best show.

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I was the first in my family to board an airplane. I was the first in my family to get kicked off an airplane.

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I'm a quarterback. I don't need to score the touchdown. I just need to spot the pass.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Most of my show is true like 90 of
Most of my show is true; like, 90% of everything I say on stage is true. I just have to find the way to make it funny - that's the difficult thing.

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Nobody owns comedy. Nobody owns a premise. Nobody owns an idea.

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As a comedian, I'm forced to have a tough skin. Until people laugh, they are detractors. You walk into a new audience where nobody knows you, they go: 'Make us laugh. Show us what you're made of. Prove why we should be listening to you.'

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Trevor Noah Quotes: I like the anonymity the fact that youre
I like the anonymity, the fact that you're a stranger making strangers laugh. You aren't forcing them to laugh - it's involuntary, and that's when they give the most honest response.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: I lost contact with my father for many
I lost contact with my father for many years because of apartheid. For, like, six years, I didn't see my dad. And, now, this was the six years of being a teenager.

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I'm literally driving in the middle of the night, and my phone rings, and my manager says, 'How would you like to be the host of the 'Daily Show?' I get out the car, and I didn't have legs. You know in those movies where there's an explosion? But instead of the sound of the explosion, you hear the silence. That's literally what happened.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Im not a confrontational person or
I'm not a confrontational person or comedian. I think we can explore more things if one of us is not fighting with the other. I take it easy. But I do like comedians who are very different from myself: I love dry comics with deadpan one-liners. I look on and think, 'That's amazing; why didn't I think of that?'

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If I'm doing something on stage, and it evokes an emotion, then I might show that emotion, but I also don't believe in being a preacher. If you have a point, that's a bonus. But the funny has to come first; otherwise, you shouldn't call yourself a comedian.

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Maybe it's because I come from a very utopian world of being a comedian, but I'm used to many live comedy performances going on in any city I'm in, and each of us is trying to be the best at what we do. I don't think of it as a competition so much as a thriving comedy economy.

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My ideal setting is I walk from the streets, backstage, and straight onto the stage. Two minutes, and I am on the stage. That way, in my head I have gone from my world and then into a social setting with my friends.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: The older you get the more you start to
The older you get, the more you start to realize that you can't win an argument in a relationship. You can't win a fight with your woman. Because if you lose, you lose. And if you win, you lose.

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The truth is, people don't know me. When people don't know you, they're going to try to get to know you as quickly as possible, because you're now taking the place of somebody that they love dearly, or somebody that they hate sincerely, and so they need to know who you are.

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There's more outrage on Twitter about a One Direction split or about what one band member said to another than there is about institutionalized racism and something huge.

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We get angry about the small things sometimes, I feel, so that we feel like we're doing something, so that we don't have to tackle the big things. And it's fine; let people do that. But I'm not gonna now change because of that. You know? Like, the worst thing that happens to me is you don't like me. And then what?

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Weve got so many different cultural
We've got so many different cultural groups in my family that I've had to learn to accommodate them in different ways. My father speaks different to my mum. My mum speaks different to my grandmother. Everybody speaks different, so you find you start tweaking your language to be more accessible to people.

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You have two choices, two paths to take as a comedian. You can tackle the difficult subjects and be harsh about it, be brash, be abrasive. But adding hatred to racism is not going to help everybody. So I like to have fun around it.

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Often, people who can do, don't because they're afraid of what people that can't do will say about them doing.

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I know that I cannot change the entire world, but I've always believed I can at least affect change in my world.

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Our go-to source is no longer dictated by a small group of cable news outlets. We have to expand our view. Sometimes, a story is made and breaks on Twitter. We have to find a way to react to that, to consume and also disseminate the information from Twitter, which is not an easy thing to do.

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Comedy is a great tool. We [comics] are trying to find ways to use humor to enlighten people without preaching to them.

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I love ebola jokes. When done in the right way, maybe it gets people to learn about ebola, to learn about the stigmas behind the identities held by Africans and so on.

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America is the one place in the world where I just innately understood [that] South Africa and the United States of America have a very similar history. It's different timelines, but the directions we've taken and the consequences - dealing with the aftermath of what we consider to be democracy, and realizing that freedom is just the beginning of the conversation, that's something I've learned.

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I'm not a political progressive, but I consider myself a progressive person. What makes me a progressive, in my opinion, is the fact that I try to improve myself and by large improve the world that I'm in - in the smallest way possible.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Comedy is crowded there are hundreds of
Comedy is crowded. There are hundreds of comedians in every place in the world.

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Nelson Mandela was in jail when I was really young, and Winnie Mandela was one of the biggest faces of the movement. In South Africa we have a common phrase - it's like a chant in the street and at rallies: "Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo." Which means, "You strike a woman, you strike a rock."

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I want to be in a position where I get to start off fresh. I don't have any preconceived notion of how I should feel.

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Trevor Noah Quotes: Ive lived many places all over the world
I've lived many places all over the world, so I've always seen myself as a citizen of the world.

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