I is there a positive side to the Covid-19 pandemic? Seeing the world's most heinous nations forced to face their incompetence is a competitor, suggests Trevor Noah . Boris Johnson and Donald Trump havecaught the virus after publicly minimizing it, for example. Noah's animated re-enactment elicits cheers.
Back to Abnormal is a global show for a shared global experience. Noah uses his talent for accents to take us on a world tour, swapping his own South African inflection for English, American, Australian, French, German, Jamaican and more, as it fills the scene with characters. His refrain "I want to go back to the way things were" punctuates the show. But as it tackles different flavors of racism and nationalism, it begs the question: were things really that great before?
Some jokes are a bit obvious. A segment on his hatred of Zoom recalls the conversations we all had during the lockdown, while the sightings sur the Olympics, food and dancing seem familiar to us. As fans of his Daily Show monologues might expect, Noah is strongest when he explores more important topics. It probes the absurdity of some of the things done in the name of freedom: the French niqab ban , possession of American weapons and protest against masks.
There is an impressive amount of material suitable for its British audience - mention of Indian restaurant t Dishoom receives a big acclaim, and the England fan who put a rocket in his butt during the World Cup inspires a good running joke. Meanwhile, the treatment of Meghan Markle, racist football fans and our hoardingon colonial treasures of other nations is well executed.
A flawless performer, Noah deftly speckled the set with more silly stuff too, including a good glimpse of aliens deciding which areas of Earth to destroy and playing a T-rex trying to put on a mask. It integrates the public's interjections in a transparent manner. And it concludes with a story set in an Indian restaurant that plays with political correctness and offers a polished ending. He relies on cliches at times, but Noah is a master of classic stand-up and has mass appeal in the best possible way. Back to Abnormal gets some much needed laughs after a tough 18 months.