Trevor Noah opens up about battle with depression

By Pam Magwaza
31 July 2017

"Winning is getting to the end without committing suicide."

This weekend Trevor Noah won the Comedy Person of the Year award at the Just for Laughs Awards in London. During his acceptance speech, The Daily Show presenter revealed his personal struggle with depression and honored the person who helped him realize his mental illness -- Jim Carrey.

"I didn't know what that thing was," said Trevor.

"I just thought I liked sleeping for weeks on end sometimes, and then I read your (Jim's) story and I was like, 'Oh sh*t, that's what's going on,' and I thank you because, you know, I found a way to fight it."

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"I found a way to build a community and that's what this place is - it's a community of people trying to do something," he said.

The comedic legend was one of the first to open up about what most comedians secretly go through, the SA-born star added.

"Jim Carrey was one of the first comedians that described the beast that many of us face in this room and that's depression,"

"You can't win at comedy. Every comedian knows: you're going to have your good days, you're going to have your bad days, but you don't win. Winning is getting to the end without committing suicide."

Trevor also mentioned that many people do not believe that comedians can suffer from depression because "they are always telling jokes".

"You know what's funny about depression, though, is people go, 'If you're depressed, you can't smile, if you're depressed you can't tell jokes,' but as comedians, that's the one thing most comedians share is that monkey on the back of depression."

Later that night Trevor posted a picture of him and his idol taking a selfie after the awards show.

Sources: Times Live, EWN, IOL

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