Well, thanks to Donald Trump and now Trevor Noah, the ‘p’ word has become national news. But, Noah had a far more positive take on the p***y than the presidential candidate. Here’s why he says it rules.
The Daily Show’s host Trevor Noah has learned quite a few things in the past few years since the South Africa native became a world traveller, moved to NYC and became Jon Stewart‘s successor.. And, being Trevor Noah, what he learned were naturally not the most obvious lessons.
Take the phrase, “don’t be a pussy.” Noah told the crowd at Beacon Theater during the New York Comedy Festival on Nov. 5, “People use that to say, ‘don’t be weak.'”
He recounted the story of a recent visit to Scotland where he performed in Glasgow, and was lured out by a friend after the show to get, a “wee drink.” “If a Scottish person offers you a drink, don’t go,” he warned. “We drink to enjoy. They drink to die.” Noah learned this tidbit the hard way. After taking his friend up on the “wee drink” offer, he ended up with the worst hangover of his life the next day.
When he turned down a “curative” wee drink the next night, he was called a “p***y”: “People say, don’t be weak like a vagina, but in my personal experience, I’ve found that a vagina is one of the strongest things in life. It can start or end a war.”
“Human beings come out of the vagina and it still continues to work as intended,” Noah regaled the crowd. “You just sit on a penis the wrong way and it breaks,” he pointed out. “Don’t be a penis — that’s what they should say.” The crowd roared.
Noah also riffed on Donald Trump — are we surprised? “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump,” Noah admitted. “I’m afraid of his supporters. Racism is rising everywhere with Trump. I’ve never seen racists so proud. This is 2016 and people are out there being blatantly racist. I saw a racist on CNN and he was talking about how Mexicans need to go back to Mexico… but leave me your recipes!”
He also recounted about how African Americans used to ask him about what Africa was like. But now, “fast forward to 2016 and Donald Trump is just 2 points from being president and for the first time, I have white Americans coming up to me — ‘Hey Trevor, what is Africa like?'”
In the meantime, Trevor Noah joked that he had a hard time adapting at first to life in NYC. He quickly learned a lesson about walking on New York City sidewalks. “You become a New Yorker when you hate human beings… just because they stop on the sidewalk. New Yorkers hate it like a dictator or a despot.”
As for traffic lights, Noah told the crowd that he’s impressed that New Yorkers do this ‘weird thing’ — they pay attention to what traffic lights are telling them to do. “In Africa, traffic lights are more of a suggestion. We don’t really know how to use them,” he confessed. Well Trevor, we’re certainly glad that you’ve learned to pay attention to traffic lights here.
And the crowd at the New York Comedy Festival couldn’t have been happier that you were there! They roared non-stop throughout your epic set. No doubt, they’ll be psyched to see you again if you perform at 2017’s NY Comedy Festival. I sure will.