Noah’s SA tour sold out ahead of his Daily Show gig

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Mon­te­casino’s Teatro was filled to the rafters on Thurs­day as South Africa’s golden boy of com­edy, Trevor Noah ( en­ter­tained his Joburg fans be­fore tak­ing over as host of the popular US talk and news satire TV pro­gramme The Daily Show.

You could tell by the sold-out signs for his Lost in Trans­la­tion tour that SA’s great­est ex­port af­ter Char­l­ize Theron has hit the big time. He has gained new fans and ce­mented his place as a fine comic, tack­ling the good, the bad and the weird in his reper­toire with ease.

Among those who had a great laugh at his show were golden cou­ple Maps Maponyane and girl­friend Nomzamo Mbatha, 7de Laan ac­tor Theodore Jan­tjies, and singer and Mu­vhango ac­tor Brian Themba.

The Soweto-born co­me­dian is sorting out his US tour dates for next month, while pre­par­ing to de­but on The Daily Show in Au­gust.

It is with this in mind that I felt like roy­alty when I made the ex­clu­sive cut to catch a glimpse of Noah on Thurs­day. And be­ing seated just four rows from the front made me feel like such a VIP.

I was in fits of laugh­ter the en­tire night as Noah sent up our pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with emoji and so­cial me­dia, and ripped into Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma over the Nkandla fi­asco. It was a laugh-a-minute as Noah also re­lated his ex­pe­ri­ences of rub­bing shoul­ders with Hol­ly­wood’s celebri­ties at the Met Ball in New York last month.

Noah’s real strength lies in his abil­ity to mas­ter ac­cents, which en­dears him to all races.

He tack­les race and stereo­types with a mild­man­nered ap­proach that does not alien­ate his fans. He is a comedic chameleon and an ex­cel­lent ob­server of cul­ture. He brings the lighter side of ev­ery cross­cul­tural en­counter he has ever had to his craft. Noah is set for great things.

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