Local comedian Trevor Noah has done incredible things internationally. Not only is he in high-demand when it comes to his touring shows but he is also the host of Comedy Central’s popular The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The star has put South African comedy on the map and with his new special ‘Trevor Noah Presents Nationwild’, which is now available to stream on Showmax, Trevor gives the world a glance at some of South Africa’s most exciting up-and-coming comedians.
For the new 13-part season, Trevor shares the stage with 2018 Comics’ Choice Next Level winner Phil de Lange and Best Newcomer winner Tsitsi Chiumya; 2018 nominees Bongani Dube, Eric Jansen, Gilli Apter and Lindy Johnson; 2017 Best Intermediate nominees Noko Moswete and Mo Mothebe; and 2016 Comics’ Choice Breakthrough Comic Award winner Virgil Prins (aka Prins), Gavin Kelly, Keenan Cerff, Kraai Du Toit and Mbu Msongwela.
“This is the moment that could make or break my career,” says Johannesburg comic Eric Jansen. “This is my opportunity. It still doesn’t feel real. Me? Really? The kid from Reiger Park?” Meanwhile, Gavin Kelly, a Pretoria comic who also writes for the SAFTA-winning The Bantu Hour, says “When I got the call, I thought it was fake news. I still think Leon Schuster is going to pop up somewhere and say you’ve been schucksed.”
Similarly, Mbu Msongelwa, a comic originally from Mdantsane township outside East London, didn’t believe the news. “It came out on the first of April, so you have to wonder,” he says. Pretoria comic Kraai du Toit was the last comedian to be announced, so his problem was getting other people to believe he’d really been selected. “There was a guy called TBC on the first list, so people didn’t believe me because my name wasn’t on that line-up,” says Kraai. “Now I’m thinking of changing my name to TBC.”
‘Trevor Noah Presents Nationwild’ is now available to stream on Showmax.
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