Trevor Noah’s jokes don’t come cheap

De­fends ticket prices for new show

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TREVOR Noah has been dish­ing out the funny from New York al­most ev­ery night since Septem­ber 2015.

Few would dis­agree that Noah, 33, has grown into his role as host of The Daily Show on Com­edy Cen­tral, and that he has given it his own proudly South African touch.

He is back in the coun­try on hol­i­day, and has come bear­ing great news.

Brace your­selves for two new Trevor Noah spe­cials on the lo­cal com­edy scene – Noah will pro­duce a 13-part com­edy se­ries and a stand-up spe­cial.

He re­vealed his plans at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day at Mon­te­casino in Four­ways, Johannesburg.

Set to per­form three shows from tonight un­til Mon­day at the Tick­et­pro Dome in Johannesburg, his new stand-up spe­cial, There’s a Gupta on My Stoep, will cap­ture the state of af­fairs in South Africa.

The show’s name is a play on Gray Hofmeyr and Leon Schus­ter’s 1993 film, There’s a Zulu on my Stoep.

Crit­ics have ques­tioned the cost of tick­ets, which range from R450 to R1 400.

“For a long time, we’ve had that South African at­ti­tude that tick­ets are ex­pen­sive,” Noah said.

“Yet, in­ter­na­tion­ally, I don’t see any­body com­plain­ing about the price of their tick­ets when they’re R4 000 or R5 000.”

He said he has tried to ac­com­mo­date those who can­not af­ford front-row tick­ets as well as those who can.

South Africans have to start mak­ing lo­cal per­form­ers feel ap­pre­ci­ated, Noah added.

“In South Africa, we must get bet­ter at pay­ing each other what we de­serve, and I’m talk­ing all lev­els, not just in en­ter­tain­ment,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one, from a do­mes­tic worker to a petrol at­ten­dant, to all the peo­ple who we take for granted.”

Noah only re­alised once he per­formed over­seas that “we (South Africans) un­der­pay and we over-en­joy”.

“One thing I’ve never taken for granted is the cost of do­ing busi­ness, and one thing that was tough is that I wanted to do a show, and I wanted to come back to South Africa and per­form for as many of my fans as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“In the time that I have al­lo­cated, with the venues that I could find, the (Tick­et­pro) Dome was prob­a­bly the only place that I could do that.”

Noah added that in South Africa, there was a short­age of large venues for en­ter­tain­ment shows, which was a prob­lem.

“It’s some­thing that any­one in en­ter­tain­ment knows.”

Noah said his ma­jor fo­cus while per­form­ing back at home will be on lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion as part of his pro­duc­tion.

He has hired lo­cal crew mem­bers and pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, as well as in­cluded lo­cal acts and artists to be part of the fun.

PICTURE: TRACEY ADAMS

Trevor Noah wants to in­volve lo­cals in the pro­duc­tion of his three new spe­cials, staged in SA.

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