Comedy Central's controversial pick to replace Jon Stewart at The Daily Show knows a thing or two about weathering drama — at least of the scripted variety!
Almost a decade and a half before being tapped to host The Daily Show, or coming under fire for dug up tweets, Trevor Noah was starring in South African soap opera Insidingo!
A then-18-year-old Noah was cast in the soap, which premiered in 1998. Here's what Noah told Stuff: New Zealand about his soapy past:
"I always wanted to be an extra on TV because I thought it would be a great job. You don't have to learn lines," he says with a laugh. "I stumbled on to the set one day by mistake and I got cast in a role on a soap opera, which I hated because then I had to remember lines. I played a gangster which is totally not me."
In 2011, Noah tweeted about his experience watching Insidingo and Generations, another African sudser, in the U.S. He claimed actors from the programs aren't paid residuals. Tweeted Noah:
Are you surprised to learn the comedian everyone can't stop talking about got his start in suds? Sound off in the comments!