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Trevor Noah Cancels Stand-Up in Hong Kong as Protests Rage On

Trevor Noah holds a microphone.
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Trevor Noah has canceled a scheduled appearance in Hong Kong due to the ongoing protests in the city, Slate has learned. Noah was set to perform stand-up at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Aug. 21 as part of his Loud and Clear tour, but the listing has since disappeared from his website. A representative for Noah confirmed to Slate on Thursday that the performance has been canceled because of the protests.

Noah joins several foreign musical acts that have similarly nixed appearances in Hong Kong due to political unrest, including Scottish band Chvrches and K-pop singer Kang Daniel. Though the Chainsmokers announced earlier this summer that they would cancel two stops on their World War Joy tour in Manila and Singapore, the duo still has a concert scheduled in Hong Kong on Aug. 23 at Asia World-Expo. Slate has reached out to the Chainsmokers’ management to confirm whether the concert will proceed as planned and will update this post with their response.

On The Daily Show, Noah commented on footage out of Hong Kong’s airport, where protesters and police clashed violently. “That airport looks crazy. Yet somehow, still better than LaGuardia,” he joked. “Can you imagine getting off the flight and seeing this? ’Cause you forget, people were landing as well. You’d probably want to get right back on your plane, ’cause this is chaos.”