Trevor Noah – Live in Tokyo!
American political satire in general is so funny because comedians make fun of the most powerful man on earth. It is so exhilarating way to exercise freedom of speech and such feeling is essential part of fun. So, political satire in the US typically makes fun of the president & his administration, which are associated with republicans & democrats, and certain domestic & limited international issues. Initially, it is fun but after all, people realize that something is wrong with American democracy.
However, I found Trevor Noah is so much more than that. He is an extremely exquisite watcher of power & politics, culture & society, rich & poor, and languages & ethnicity. More importantly, as a performer, his audience really enjoy his wide variety of impersonations of people such as an African American who is a victim of police brutality, Japanese customs clerk, Indian kid who hates his curry sandwich for his lunch and Indian cuisine restaurant waiter in Edinburgh, who speaks in perfect Scottish accents. Due to Trevor's complex origin, it is impossible for anybody to criticize his style from the point of view such as cultural appropriation and racism. Trevor was born in South Africa under Apartheid regime. His father is German Swiss and mother is Xhosa South African. Such relationship was prohibited at that time and his existence itself was illegal.
Initially, his performance is super funny because materials are world wide and limitless but, after all, we (anybody in the world) realize the fact that we can "allow" a person only like Trevor makes fun of all cultures and ethnic groups. I guess there are something wrong with us.