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The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Got His Start Playing a Gangster on An African Soap Opera

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

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!

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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."  

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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:

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