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Why Mixed-Race Comic Was ‘Born a Crime’ – MMXLII

Why Mixed-Race Comic Was ‘Born a Crime’

The son of a black South African woman and a white Swiss man who met when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa, Noah jokes that he was “born a crime.” On stage, he draws upon his particular life experiences to tackle thorny issues with his funny, and sometimes trenchant, punchlines.

“My mom would be arrested, she would be fined and still she was like ‘ooh, I don’t care, I want a white man, ooh,'” he tells a laughing audience gathered in London’s Soho Theater. “And my dad was also like, well, you know how the Swiss love chocolate.”

Noah’s mixed-race heritage defines his routine. Race and ethnicity are leading themes in his standup, echoing his life while growing up in a Soweto township during the apartheid years and being labeled mixed race.

Read CNN’s write-up on him via African Voices here.

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