From Apartheid Johannesbug to the Most Coveted Job in American TV Comedy

Daniel Hautzinger
Trevor Noah, Host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Photo: OZY Media
Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show." Photo: OZY Media

Breaking Big airs Sundays at noon and is available to stream.

Trevor Noah was born a mixed-race child in the impoverished Johannesburg township of Soweto while apartheid was still law in South Africa. He's now the host of one of the most widely watched comedy television shows in America, the replacement for the beloved Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, and he's only 34. How did he achieve such success so quickly? The new PBS series Breaking Big, from OZY Media, attempts to show just that. In its twelve episodes, each focusing on a different high achiever, it tries to discover what makes people successful and show how their lives led up to their current careers. You can stream the premiere, featuring Noah, below.

New episodes will be available each week, spotlighting the chef and author Eddie Huang; playwright and Black Panther actress Danai Gurrira; country music star Jason Aldean; co-founder of SoulCycle Ruth ZukermanProject Runway-winning fashion designer Christian Siriano; outspoken author and feminist Roxane GayGood Morning America host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan; rising Democratic Party Senator Kirsten GillibrandPrecious and Empire director Lee Daniels; former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson; and the bold mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Camen Yulín Cruz.

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