As I write this recap 3 days later, I am still laughing. Thanks to the US Men’s Soccer team absolutely crapping the bed in the Gold Cup semi final on Wednesday night, I was able to attend the Trevor Noah show at the Lincoln Theater on Saturday night. And I’m so glad I was able to do so (knocking #s 57 & 58 off my 101 in 1,001 list)!
I’ve been a fan of Noah’s for a while, so I was very pleased he was chosen to take over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show later this fall (even though I’m totally going to cry during Stewart’s last show). I think he’ll provide a fresh viewpoint on American current events, and I think his comedy is incredibly intelligent (not including questionable tweets from 4 years ago – although I think that situation was blown a bit out of proportion). So I was excited to be able to see him do standup in person before he scales back his touring schedule to film The Daily Show. And I was especially excited to find out the show was going to be filmed for a Comedy Central special later this year. (UPDATE 11/21/2015: It’s airing on Comedy Central on Sunday, November 22 at 10pm!!)
Due to some last-minute planning on my part, I ended up selling my second ticket and going to the show as my own date (which, sometimes, is the best date you can have). I didn’t mind, but it was a little weird sitting next to the stranger who bought my ticket, because I had box seats. I quickly got over it once the show started, however. With the show being filmed for Comedy Central, that meant the show was going to include a ton of new material. There were some updated jokes that I’d heard before in his other shows, but overall his routine was an absolute monster. I nearly peed my pants laughing, and not only because I had a cider before the show, and then we were locked into the theater due to filming. While my urge is to share some of my favorite jokes, I don’t want to spoil the ComCen special. But Trevor and I are totally on the same page about US airports being soul-crushing institutions (something I kept chuckling over as I booked 4 flights yesterday afternoon). I just love his standup style – he does accents, imitates his mom and gran, talks really fast, and his point of view on current events is so great. With the volatile state of pretty much everything in America, he had a lot of material to pull from, and did not shy away from providing a scathing commentary on race relations. I can’t wait to see the show again on Comedy Central again… I may have to get cable to be able to watch it.
If you are interested in checking out Noah’s stuff, his Showtime special African American, which I’ve seen ten or so times and always find funny, is on Netflix, Prime, and iTunes. And there is plenty of stuff on YouTube, from 5 minute clips to entire shows. The shows he performs in South Africa are my favorite because he does tons of hilarious accent work. But what I found really fascinating was You Laugh, But It’s True, the documentary about his life growing up in the apartheid era in South Africa, and his meteoric rise on the South African comedy scene. It’s available on Netflix, but also on Vimeo. Check it out!
Featured photo credit: Comedy Central website