“Afraid of the Dark” Breaks Cultural Barriers Through Comedy

By: William Morton

Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central recently had the honor of airing a special on Netflix titled “Afraid of the Dark” and if you’re a fan of Noah’s antics on Twitter or love his comedic brand of journalism on television, his comedy special doesn’t disappoint in the least bit.

“Afraid of the Dark” contained Trevor Noah’s view of American politics, his experience as a foreigner in a country that he is continually trying to understand and his expertly crafted parody of accents. The content is basically his success story in trying to chase the American dream yet he manages to suggest that people should travel to other countries to experience variety.

Trevor Noah has some sort of comfort with residing in New York as his occupation as the host of “The Daily Show” grants him the privilege to experience the festivity of The Big Apple. As a result he was obliged to make a joke about city traffic lights, stating that in New York, they are extremely obeyed but in Africa, they are used as a suggestion.

The anecdote he spoke of that reiterated the conformity of citizens to traffic lights was how he was following a group of pedestrians and they had confidence to not slow down when near oncoming traffic. What adhered and endeared him nationally to the public was his connectivity to African-Americans.

Noah elaborated on how he did stand up routines in places like Compton and the reception of his presence was comforting. His light complexion and youthful exuberance naturally made him valid to caucasians.

Noah wasn’t shy to poke fun at the British for how they colonized a majority of countries yet have an anti-immigration policy. In his own words, he stated that “traveling is the antidote for ignorance.”

Another comically textured segment that he did was pondering if James Bond, who is often portrayed by white actors and conducts his operations in places like Scotland and the United Kingdom, could be portrayed by the visible darker skinned actor, Idris Elba.

The fact that James Bond is a spy that has to blend in with his surroundings could be problematic for the plot of the movie if Idris Elba was given the role.

“Afraid of the Dark” is truthfully honest about things that are regularly overlooked. The special itself is a humbling experience. Trevor Noah makes viewers have the realization that no one looks sexy when they vomit after they binge drink.

The way he analyzed language and pointed out that accents have certain connotations about them, makes him the poster-child for linguistic conglomeration.

Trevor Noah was somewhat hesitant to explain that he had a pathological fear of the dark. That fear, commonly known in psychology as achluophobia, is something that he capitalized on his special and sculpted it into humor.

If there is something to learn from “Afraid of the Dark,” it probably would be to laugh at what is different because only then can you realize that language barriers are insignificant and there is only one way to love.

Netflix has shows and movies that are perfect for cuddling with your significant other, but I don’t recommend doing that with this particular stand-up special as you’re most likely going to experience feelings that will make you feel some type of way, but not the romantic type of way.

The feeling resembles more that of emptiness from you laughing hysterically and from your bladder not controlling bodily fluids, but hey, if you and your significant other can endure that, then enjoy your chilling session.

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