ONE of South Africa’s greatest exports, Trevor Noah is back for a whirlwind tour of home and he’s going to be rubbing our noses in the many faces of racism in his new one-man show, That’s Racist.
The award-winning comedian returns from a triumphant tour of the US with new energy and a show that promises to bolster his reputation as the one guy who can take South African comedy to the world.
“I’m always fascinated by the way we treat race everywhere,” says Noah, who will be appearing at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre in Port Elizabeth next week. “I’ve always seen race from different points of view.”
He experienced the full complexity of apartheid in its final years, giving this “cultural chameleon” as he’s been called, loads of raw material for comedy.
His months of travel around the United States have added extra texture.
“We have a very common history,” he says. “I immediately understand a lot of things happening in the States.
“It’s very similar to back home – there’s still the black club, the white club, the Latino club, the black restaurant.”
Noah took his uniquely South African brand of humour to the US last year.
Touring from coast to coast, he got Americans, including fellow studio guest Glenn Close, hosing themselves during a five-minute set on Jay Leno’s iconic The Tonight Show.
The first African comedian to make the cut onto Leno’s show, Noah also filmed a special for Comedy Central.
Noah had the country buzzing this week after acting as roastmaster on Comedy Central’s Roast featuring Steve Hofmeyr, which premiered on DStv on Monday night. If you missed it, catch a repeat today to see what all the fuss is about.
Earlier this month, he was awarded the Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year Award in absentia; quite a feat considering this award is voted for by other comedians.
“To have every single working comedian in South Africa vote and come out as the Comic of the Year is such an honour,” says Noah.
Readers of a national magazine also recently voted Noah as their favourite comedian.
The limited run of That’s Racist is expected to sell out, so fans should head over to Computicket to make sure they don’t miss out. Tickets cost R180.
Noah’s shows at the Boardwalk are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 5pm.