Trevor Noah on the set of "The Daily Show" onComedy Central. AP FILE PHOTO
Trevor Noah on the set of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. AP FILE PHOTO

Trevor Noah has been to every state in the country, but next month, Lowell will welcome him for the first time.

The comedian and late-night host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central will perform at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Friday, Oct. 5.

Noah said when he steps on stage, it's a completely different experience compared to sitting in front of the camera for The Daily Show."

"When we're putting together a stand-up show," Noah said in a phone interview, "the feeling I want people to leave the show with is different than 'The Daily Show,' because stand-up is not tied to the news. Whether you keep up to the news, whether you keep up to politics or whether you don't, I want everyone to have a great time."

Noah holds the Primetime Emmy he won. COURTESY FACEBOOK
Noah holds the Primetime Emmy he won. COURTESY FACEBOOK

Noah is known for his political comedy, especially in the age of President Donald Trump's administration. While he said his show will dabble in politics in and around the world, he hopes people will enjoy the show, no matter how heavy their news diet is.

"The theme of the show for me is usually based around the feeling that the world is ending," Noah said. "Where are we as people? People are struggling more than ever, and I think it's partly because of social media. I want to talk about things that are difficult to talk about."

And those in attendance won't have to worry about getting a generic show from Noah. He said with each city he visits, he tries to write a piece specifically relevant to the place in which he is performing.


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The South Africa native began hosting "The Daily Show" in 2015, replacing Jon Stewart, and his autobiography, "Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood," was released the following year. The title is a reference to the fact that his father was white and his mother black at a time when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa.

Noah said he appreciates having a diverse audience and enjoys most when everyone is laughing together.

"I try to make a room, no matter how big it is, feel like a small group of friends catching up," he said.

Tickets for the show are $30 for UMass Lowell students and $55 for the general public. There is an additional $3 facilities fee for ticket purchases. VIP tickets are also available for $78. To purchase tickets, visit www.tsongascenter.com.

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Here are some other events coming up at UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center. Tickets are available for purchase at www.tsongascenter.com.

Wu-Tang Clan Concert

Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.

Price: $49 - $99

Sesame Street Live! Let's Party

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Price: $28 - $88

Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Price: $25 - $85

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.. 2 p.m., 6 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., $23-$128.

Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms, Tues., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., $24.50-$77.

About Trevor Noah

Age: 34

Born: Feb. 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Awards: South African Comics' Choice Award for Comic of the Year, 2012; MTV Africa Music Awards' Personality of the Year, 2015; Zora Neale Hurston Award, NAACP Image Award and Writers Guild of America Award for his book, "Born a Crime," 2016; Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite African Star, 2017; GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode," 2017; MTV Movie & TV Awards' Best Host, 2017; Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series, 2017; Thurber House Award for American Humor, 2017

Major influences: Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart

Interesting fact: He speaks eight languages -- English, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Afrikaans and German.

Significant other: Singer/model Jordyn Taylor