Trevor rules the stoep with his spot-on SA stereo­types

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It’s on ev­ery lo­cal rap­per’s bucket list, but com­edy star Trevor Noah had no prob­lem fill­ing up the Tick­et­pro Dome in North­gate, Joburg, this week – even with tick­ets cost­ing up to R1 400 and a pretty regular rou­tine.

His show, There’s a Gupta On My Stoep, taps the 1993 clas­sic, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep by Leon Schus­ter, whose tropey, slap­stick movies made him South Africa’s most fa­mous fun­ny­man – until The Daily Show host de­throned him.

It was a ver­i­ta­ble rain­bow dis­play of South Africans who made the pil­grim­age to the Dome, trudg­ing past the boere­wors braai sta­tions and beer out­lets in their quilted jack­ets, with white the slightly dom­i­nant colour.

Noah’s abil­ity to ap­peal to all South Africans was ap­par­ent through­out the show. We love race jokes and he served up a buf­fet of them with his tried-and-tested South African stereo­types – petu­lant In­di­ans, lippy black cops and whin­ing whites – de­liv­ered with his usual ex­cel­lent, an­i­mated ac­cents and high en­ergy.

Noah’s ap­proach is to of­fend ev­ery­one so that no one can com­plain and, by the end, the au­di­ence was lap­ping it up and cheer­ing. True to the ti­tle, In­di­ans came in for the night’s big­gest drub­bing (along with Bonang Matheba’s typo-rid­dled book, From A to B).

Cun­ningly dis­claim­ing that lo­cal In­dian au­di­ences com­plain he never jokes about them, Noah went in for the kill, lead­ing to a melt­down sce­nario at Nando’s, fea­tur­ing a cun­ning In­dian man and a hap­less black cashier (along with a Bonang joke).

But whites came in for their share of heat, es­pe­cially the #Zup­taMustFall protest va­ri­ety, who “when they’re protest­ing, look like they’re march­ing for Vi­tal­ity points”.

Bring­ing a slice of The Daily Show to the Dome, Noah has his Trump im­per­son­ation down pat, if not his Zuma – “Don’t com­pare him to Zuma. Trump is stupid.” Zuma’s re­silience was a com­mon tar­get of Noah’s wit – “He’s like [the fic­tional soapie char­ac­ter] Ste­fano DiMera on Days [of Our Lives]. He never dies.” But big­ger laughs went to the poor kid who reads from Bonang’s book in class.

Bonang’s bae, rap­per AKA, was Noah’s sur­prise opener. But the pick of the male-dom­i­nant open­ing acts was bril­liant Noah stal­wart Robby Collins, whose polony jokes had peo­ple scream­ing – “You know how poor you are by the colour of your polony ... That bright pink polony, the Vengaboys of polony.”

But Noah was the man of the mo­ment, en­joy­ing his re­turn home and re­spond­ing play­fully to the lime­light, at ease, rich and fa­mous as he switched re­lent­lessly be­tween char­ac­ters.

MAN OF THE MO­MENT Star co­me­dian Trevor Noah at his press con­fer­ence, where he an­nounced his new M-Net show, a 13-part TV se­ries set to air next year

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