Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia
It’s hard to decide about Trevor Noah. On the one hand he’s young, handsome (especially for a comedian) and mostly clever. On the other, he sometimes misses the point in the way his Daily Show predecessor Jon Stewart never would have — witness his silly, borderline xenophobic take off of the French minister who chided him for saying “Africa won the World Cup” (a quip based on the racial heritage of many of the French players).
This special doesn’t do much to swing the balance too hard in either direction. Observations about popular rap music sounding “like a toddler complaining about life” or how white people’s ideas of vacationing sound like what black people did to escape slavery (undergoing unbearably long journeys similar to the slave ships) are amusing enough, if not exactly bold or original. His best use of humour in histori-