Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Synopsis: Filmed at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., "Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation" brings Noah's unique world-view and global analysis of American culture to the forefront. In the special, Noah addresses major domestic and international events of the past year, sharing his outlook on the world today, including terrorism, racial tensions in America and what it was like being African and traveling into the United States during the Ebola crisis.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): David Paul Meyer
Actors: Trevor Noah
62 min


[upbeat music]

[cheers and applause]

- Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.



This is us.

Hello. Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Nice to see you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Welcome. Welcome.

This is us.

Washington, D.C.

[cheers and applause]


Okay, you guys feeling good?


[cheers and applause]

That's good.

That's good, yeah.

Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo to you too.

- Whoo!

- And that as well, ma'am.

And that as well.

I love that.

I love the sounds people make.

It's so much fun, yeah.

We're just--we're just throwing

language out of the window.

I like that.

I feel like we're devolving

as human beings now.

No, 'cause that was the thing

that separated us from the apes,

wasn't it?

The fact that we chose speech.


The monkeys used to run around

and screech.


And we were like, "No."



But now, we've started

to go back to that,

started to embrace our roots.

People get excited,

"Are you happy?"

"I'm real happy."

"How happy?"

"Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo!


"Whoo! Whoo!

Whoo! Ow!"

That's one of

my favorite sounds.

It sounds like

someone's having so much fun

they hurt themselves.

Like you didn't plan

ahead of time.



Too much fun.

Such a weird sound.

I love it.

And you know what's crazy is

that we all know

what that sound means.

We don't agree on anything

in this world--

race, religion, politics--

but that sound, that "whoo-hoo,"

has united us all.

You can make that sound anywhere

and people accept it.

As long as there's alcohol


you can make that sound.


But there has to be alcohol.

You can't make that sound

anywhere else.

You can't make that sound

in the office.

It's unacceptable.

Your boss won't allow it.

You can't be like, "Final email.




"Sorry, sir. Sorry, sorry."

Can't make that sound in church.

"And that is why Jesus died

for our sins."


"Sorry, pastor."

"Go to hell."

You just can't do it,

but everyone knows it.

Everyone knows

what "whoo-hoo" means.

It means happiness, yeah.

The happiness of the people.

Strange, because no one asked me

to vote on it.

I didn't get to choose.

If I was to choose,

I don't know that I would pick


as the sound of happiness.

Strangely enough,

I think it may be more apt

as the sound of sadness.

I could see it,

at a funeral.

Family gathered around

the caskets.

Tears streaming down their face.

Pastor reading the eulogy.

"We'll always remember Mary

"as a loving mother,

"a caring friend,

"foodie, blogger,

"and wonderful sister.

"Before we lay her to rest,

"would you please join me now

as we observe a moment

of whoo-hoo."

Everyone's standing there

in tears.

[imitates sobbing]




There'll always be one big lady

in the corner,

[Amazing Grace melody]



Whoo-hoo, hoo-hoo

"Thank you very much, sister."

Such a fun sound.

The sound of happiness.

The sound of white happiness,

in particular.


I've tracked it.

I've searched for the source

of whoo-hoo

and I found it originated

with white people.

White--white woman

in particular.

Yeah, that's where

it comes from.

That is the sound

of a white woman's turnup.

That is the sound

of her getting into the game.

It's like,

"Tammy! Whoo-hoo!"

And that's where you know

it's on.

Yeah, 'cause everyone else

learned it from a white woman.

That's where it came from,

you know?

It spread through society

like a virus.

It's not the natural sound

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Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. He held several television hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and was the runner-up in their fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. From 2010 to 2011, Noah was the creator and host of Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net and DStv. His stand-up comedy career attained international success, leading to appearances on American late-night talk shows and British panel shows. In 2014, Noah became the Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show, and the following year, he succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart and is set to remain in this position up until 2022.Noah's autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime was published in 2016 and garnered critical acclaim. Noah was named one of "The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. more…

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