Trevor Noah Is The First African To Sell Out Madison Square Garden

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South African comedian Trevor Noah, the fourth highest-paid comedian globally, became the first African to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden. Trevor Noah poses in the press room at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

South African comedian Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show“, joined an elite group of A-list comedians including Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart who have sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

Noah became the first African to fill the 20,000-seat arena as part of his “Loud and Clear” tour on Nov. 10, according to MSN.

Posting a photo of a packed Madison Square Garden on Instagram, Noah thanked those in attendance.

“Last night was incredible! Thank you to everyone that packed out @thegarden and made it such a memorable night! I didn’t want it to end.”

Trevor Noah among the highest-paid comedians

Noah is the fourth highest-paid comedian in the world, earning an estimated $28 million between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, according to Forbes. Most of those earnings came from his stand-up comedy shows.

His book, “Born a Crime” has become an international bestseller

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Noah was discovered by Jon Stewart in 2014 and joined “The Daily Show” as a correspondent. Stewart was involved in selecting Noah to replace him when he left the show in 2015 after hosting the nightly program for 16 years.

Noah’s move to “The Daily Show” was criticized by some who thought a U.S. comedian should have been chosen.

While some continue to criticize Noah’s style of hosting the Comedy Central show, others note how he overcame the challenges of moving to a new country and making people laugh in a culture he was unfamiliar with.

Noah is signed to host the Daily Show until 2022.

In November, Noah was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Comedy Album category for “Son of Patricia”.