Coincidentally, I just happened to watch this documentary/comedy film a few weeks before Comedy Central announced Trevor Noah as the successor to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. It was cool to see him get the hot seat but he has some big shoes to fill, it will be interesting to watch him and how his style compliments the show.
You Laugh But It’s True is a little hard to define, it’s a hybrid for sure. Docu-Comedy? Comediomentary? I’m sure there’s a name for it but there’s way too many sub-genres to keep up with. It’s a bit documentary and a bit stand-up performance, and no matter what you want to call it, it’s worth checking out. There are interviews with Trevor, his friends, his family, and his fellow comedians from South Africa, some of whom have no love for Trevor. The main complaint about him is his ego, and they’re right to a degree, the guy’s got a big ego. Some of their disdain is also based on jealousy though because not only is Trevor a seemingly natural talent, but his career is also really taking off both in South Africa and beyond it’s borders as well.
And you know what? Once I heard more of his story, the less I cared about his ego and the more I appreciated his talent and what he’s gone through to get where he is. He earned his success and is still in touch with his roots and his humility when with his family. He’s working hard to take care of his mom too, gotta love that.
There are lots of laughs throughout the doc with various stand-up performances from Trevor and a number of other comedians. There are some emotional and insightful moments too. If you want to get to know a bit about the next host of The Daily Show, You Laugh But It’s True will provide some great insight.
reviewed by Sean McKnight