Noah strives to de­liver his best

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA

SO COM­MIT­TED to his craft is renowned South African-born com­edy star Trevor Noah that he de­cided to per­form backto-back shows at the Mon­tréal Fes­ti­val, be­cause he didn’t think the first ses­sion was up to his stan­dard.

Last month’s gath­er­ing in Canada where the lo­cal co­me­dian, who has also found star­dom in the US, per­formed is ar­guably the big­gest com­edy show in the world.

The Daily Show host, who is in South Africa where he is set to per­form, said he did two 90-minute ses­sions last month, be­cause he wanted to de­liver the best con­tent pos­si­ble.

“I wasn’t happy with the first show, so I de­cided to change it com­pletely for the sec­ond show,” he ex­plained. “I love com­edy and I have to ra­chet it up.”

The funny man was speak­ing as a guest on 947’s break­fast club. The Star was in­vited to the live in­ter­view on Tues­day.

Noah had me­dia per­son­al­ity Anele Mdoda and her col­leagues, who in­cluded co-presenter Frankie du Toit, in stitches as he can­didly spoke of his time in the US, his in­ter­na­tional com­edy shows around the world, and his vis­its to his home coun­try.

He also played the show’s usual games with lis­ten­ers and took a re­quest from a fan who asked him to do his ren­di­tion of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s laugh. Ahead of his shows ti­tled There’s a

Gupta On My Stoep in Joburg and Dur­ban, Noah ex­plained that he had to re-im­merse him­self in the coun­try’s cul­ture to get con­tent for his au­di­ences.

“I al­ways want to do the best show pos­si­ble and when I landed back in the coun­try I had to re­cal­i­brate, I had to re­mem­ber the rhythm of South Africa. I had to fig­ure out what’s go­ing on and I had to im­merse my­self in the news.”

He added that he had to go through this process be­cause he be­lieved that if a per­son is an ex­ten­sive trav­eller, they shouldn’t have an opin­ion of the news of the place they’re not in.

“A lot of South Africans make that mis­take, be­cause then you don’t re­ally know what’s go­ing on.

“You only get high­lights or snip­pets from the news, but you aren’t ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it,” he told the ra­dio sta­tion.

“So when I land, the first thing I do is live in South Africa again, I feel it in the streets, hear what the news is and then start stum­bling on things.”

Although Noah has found over­seas suc­cess, he in­sists that he has not let fame get to his head.

He told Mdoda that many of the celebri­ties he rubs shoul­ders with at glam­orous red car­pet events were not nec­es­sar­ily his friends.

The co­me­dian even has a sys­tem to de­ter­mine who his real friends are.

“You’re not friends with some­one un­less they’ve been to your house or you’ve been to their house,” he pointed out.

“That’s my rule and if that hasn’t hap­pened, then you are more of an ac­quain­tance than a friend.

“I wish I was friends with th­ese peo­ple, I know them but a friend is some­one you can call when you’re stuck on the side of the road and you need petrol…”

Noah also spoke about the suc­cess of his book, Born a Crime: Sto­ries from

a South African Child­hood, which is still on the New York Times best-sellers list, de­spite be­ing re­leased months ago.

He added that he has had in­ter­est from peo­ple in Ja­pan, Ger­many, Swe­den and Rus­sia for it to be trans­lated there. “I’m very lucky, it’s do­ing very well.” Noah also thanked all his fans for their sup­port and promised them a great show when he takes to the stage start­ing yes­ter­day and end­ing on Satur­day at the Tick­et­pro Dome in Joburg, and in Dur­ban on Sun­day.

“I never take it (sup­port) for granted, I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who comes (to the shows).

“As long as you’ll have me, I’ll al­ways be com­ing home…”


A SE­RI­OUS MO­MENT: Daily Show host Trevor Noah in the 947 stu­dio on Tues­day. The co­me­dian is in the coun­try, for com­edy shows in Joburg and Dur­ban.

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