‘Barack Obama of stand-up comedy’ Trevor Noah to debut live show Born A Crime (Video)

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A January appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was just the start of South African comedian Trevor Noah’s eventual high-profile Stateside comedy career. Having graced the cover of Rolling Stone in his own country, releasing five one-hour stand-up specials and earning a massive worldwide following, the talented storyteller will bring his one-man show to New York City starting May 15.

The four-week off-Broadway run of Born A Crime – Noah’s nuanced take on cultural divides – will play Wednesdays through Saturdays at 45 Bleecker at 8 pm with a second show on Saturdays at 10:30 pm. You can buy tickets here.

Noah’s analysis of race, culture and politics comes from a personal place, as the mixed-race comedian was raised in South Africa under Apartheid. “Trevor Noah is very funny and has an African mother and a Swiss father. He is the Barack Obama of stand-up comedy,” says Eddie Izzard, who presented his show (then called The Racist) last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Noah will also bring Born A Crime to the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal in July.

To get a small taste of Noah, check out his Tonight Show appearance below.

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