By Laura Stampler
March 30, 2015

South African comedian Trevor Noah was officially named Jon Stewart’s successor as host of The Daily Show on Monday.

While most Americans know little about Noah, the comedian is very well known in his home country. Here he is below on the cover of GQ South Africa.

Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and white father in 1984. “I was born a crime,” Noah said on the Artie Lange show in 2013. “My mom used to get arrested for being with my dad. She would get fined. She would spend weekends in jail.”

At 18, Noah had a small role in a South African soap opera called Isidingo. He then went on to have a bevy of hosting gigs, including a radio show, an educational show, a gossip show, a sports show and a dating show. (He was a contestant in a celebrity dance show, too.)

As a comedian, he has toured around the world and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.

Noah made his first of three appearances on The Daily Show in December. The South African comedian’s segment played off people’s stereotypes of African countries by comparing racial and socioeconomic inequality in his hometown with America.

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