Strictly Come Dancing contestant Trevor Noah has made a splash with his good looks, snazzy costumes and cool dance-floor moves. He’s a multi-talented boy, our Trevor is: He’s acted in television series including Isidingo and Molo Fish 2, had a stint as a DJ on YFM and now plies his trade as a stand up comedian.
He spoke to Mambaonline about his chances of winning the dance talent show and how it feels to be a sex symbol.
Do you think you can win Strictly Come Dancing?
Yes I do think I can win. I’ve got a great teacher and partner in Hayley, I’m loving the experience and if the guys at Mambaonline are behind me, then nothing can stop me.
Why did you want to do it?
Because it was an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and just have fun. Plus those pants make my ass look good!
It is hard to be funny on demand?
It’s not hard to be funny on demand. In fact, that’s what a comedian is supposed to do. It just sucks when people ask you to tell them jokes in a social setting.
What do you enjoy the most: Acting, Stand up, Deejing?
Definitely stand up. I haven’t acted in a while and being is DJ is always fun but stand-up is me!
What’s the best thing about being a celebrity?
The best thing about being a celebrity has to be the welcome reception everywhere you go.
Where were you last in gay club?
I’ve never actually been in a gay club. Heard they rock though.
You should try it sometime! Did you ever think you’d one day be appearing on national television wearing spandex and glitter?
Maybe in a comedy, but not in a dance show.
Isn’t ballroom dancing really ‘gay’?
Yes it is. But so are facials, nice clothes, and certain colours according to many people. I don’t think what you do makes you gay, it’s “who you do” that makes you gay.
How would you describe your personal clothing style?
Very relaxed, simple and representative of my mood.
Would you describe yourself as a Metrosexual?
No not at all. I think maybe if they didn’t wear those khaki pants and give me speeding fines, then I might find them more appealing.
Do you ever go dancing at clubs?
I used to dance a lot, but these days people just want to stand around and look cool. Losers…
Did people think you were a good dancer?
I don’t know if they thought I was a good dancer so much as I just don’t look like I can dance; so it was more of a surprise when I did.
Do you have any gay friends?
Only Somizi Mhlongo.
Gay jokes. Do you do them and are they funny?
I tell jokes about everything and everyone. Haven’t told a gay joke in a while though; Jacob Zuma and Eskom are keeping me pretty busy.
Is there any topic or subject you won’t include in your comedy?
No everything is fair game.
What’s the worst thing about being heterosexual?
The worst thing about being heterosexual is that girls never want to let you put it in ‘the other hole’.
Errm, okay… Are you comfortable with the idea of being something of a sex symbol?
It’s a bit strange but I’m comfortable with it. Some people look at you less like a sex symbol and more like a sex object. That can be scary.
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you in the last week?
I heard Somizis’ new song Here Comes The Fag. The funniest line – “Your hate won’t make me straight… Nigga!”
Strictly Come Dancing is on SABC 2, every Thursday at 19:30. The finale, featuring Trevor Noah, takes place on March 20.