Jim Jefferies V Trevor Noah
Jim Jefferies was born on February 14th, 1977 in Sydney, Australia. With an early interest in performing, that stemmed from participating in the productions at his High School, Jefferies studied theatre and classical music at the Western Australian Academy Performing Arts. With his degree almost complete, Jefferies dropped out of the Academy to focus on Stand up. He received International attention in 2007 when he was attacked on stage, while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. However, it was his, “I Swear to God” HBO special in 2009 that gained him attention in the U.S.
Since then, Jefferies has had two TV series premiere on Network Television, performed at numerous comedy festivals throughout the world, and continues to release a new special every couple of years.
Trevor Noah was born on February 20th, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. By age 18, Noah had his first acting role on an episode of a South African Soap Opera and began hosting his own radio show shortly after. After getting a taste of stand-up, Noah stopped his other creative pursuits to focus on comedy. Noah began performing stand up throughout South Africa with numerous Nationally and Internationally touring comics like, Russell Peters and Gabriel Iglesias. In 2011, Noah relocated to the U.S. and within only a couple of years he became the first South African stand-up to perform on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Since then, Noah has taken over hosting of “The Daily show”, released two comedy specials on Netflix, and published “Born a Crime” in 2016, which became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
This week on Kaizen Komedy, the trio sets in to look at Trevor Noah’s and Jim Jefferies’ contrasting approaches to politics and American customs. Although, while both of them have are outsiders veering into the American lifestyle, their methods are polar opposites. While Jefferies unapologetically hits you over the head with his opinionated views, whereas Noah poignantly drives his points home by using sarcasm and thorough act outs.
Some of the bits we analyzed are: Gun Control (Jim Jeffries: Bare), Annoying Couples (Jim Jeffries: Bare), I'm walking over here (Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark), Economics vs Sports (Trevor Noah: African American) - listen to the entire episode to learn more.