Trevor Noah brings standup act to Foxwoods' Grand Theater Saturday

Trevor Noah poses with the award for best host for
Trevor Noah poses with the award for best host for "The Daily Show" in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on May 7. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Trevor Noah, who inherited the reins of "The Daily Show" after Jon Stewart, has made a career in part because of his status as a mixed-race South African living in New York City. As such, his bits about life and politics in America have a clever charm — a sort of "Oh, gosh!" veneer of faux innocence through which quick, bright and pointed observations resonate with barbed wit.

Noah has also flourished as a standup comic, and he's touring behind his latest special, "Afraid of the Dark," a one-hour concert documentary released earlier this year on Netflix. Noah appears Saturday in the Grand Theater at Foxwoods.

Here's what's interesting: in the context of his "The Daily Show" hosting gig, Noah's shtick seems to have more charm and power than in his protracted comedy routines — or at least the ones I've watched. As "Afraid of the Dark" was taped literally the week before the election of President Trump, it will be interesting to see, at Foxwoods, how Noah's routine has adapted to deal with the repercussions of that event and whether it increases the laugh factor.

Trevor Noah, 8 p.m. Saturday, Grand Theater, Foxwoods; $34, $54.50; 1-800-200-2882.


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