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