Johannesburg – Many people may look at Trevor Noah and have a quick one. It's easy to think about the comedian's picture, the last three years of his life. Those who have been, are the most successful, so far.
But the truth is, Trevor has been working hard since he was a teenager.
So, how did a young boy from a South African township grow up to become a rising Hollywood star with the world at his feet?
We take a look at Trevor Noah's rise to success.
Born to a black mother of Xhosa descent and a white father of Swiss-German ancestry on February 20, 1984, Trevor Noah’s mixed-race background was one of the best during the Apartheid years.
The star is known to often turn into childhood, both tragic and beautiful, into comedy gold, speaking about his parents' love and what is like growing up in a racially diverse family in many of his shows.
The world came to know Trevor's story, not only through his stand-up material, but also through his autobiography Born A Crime.
In 2016 interview with Forbes magazine, Trevor spoke about his struggling as a child, noting that even though he grew up poor it never concerned him "because everybody around me was poor, too."
The star says he was only living in his life when he met people who had considerably more than him, that he realized his situation as a child.
No overnight success
Trevor's first notable breakthrough in local entertainment industry was in 2002, at the age of 18, he landed a role on popular soapie Isidingo.
Now 34 years old, the star's accomplishments are just one breath in far too many to count.
After his short stint on Isidingo, Trevor tried his hand on radio, hosting a show on YFM called Noah’s Ark. But television is where he spent most of his time in the beginning of his career.
Yes, getting behind the camera as a presenter was not the new territory for Trevor when he landed his job at The Daily Show. His list of on-screen appearances includes hosting The Real Goboza in 2007, presenting the SABC sports show Siyadlala, co-hosting SABC 1 dating game show The Amazing Date with Pabi Moloi in 2008, and of course, hosting his very own late-night the M-Net talk show titled Tonight with Trevor Noah.
Inspired by shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Tonight with Trevor Noah saw the popular invite comedy South African stars to have a seat on his couch while he interviewed them with the same expertise and touch of humor he still displays today.