Born to a black South African mother and white Swiss-German father during the apartheid years, Trevor Noah invites us on his journey of his struggle to find an identity. His strength lies in his storytelling ability; he conveys his tales with thoughtfulness, and inspires great amusement as he approaches the overarching issue of race. Noah is clearly a very intelligent guy, just hearing him glide in and out of languages and accents to the delight of the crowd is an indication, so it was a bit of a shame that he occasionally resorted to clichéd cultural stereotypes. These moments, however, were few and far between, and overall Noah’s debut show displays the attributes of a stellar stand-up comic.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 6, 7, 13) 7.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Simon Thornton]