Trevor’s Accents - Between the Scenes | The Daily Show

Where Trevor’s accent skills came from and why he’s his grandmother’s favorite grandchild.
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Published on 11 days ago


  1. Lee Milby

    I thought this was going to be a compilation video, bit this was equally as good!

  2. Ian Einstein

    LoL! Trevor, what you would do to speak with different members of your family actually has a name. That's called "code-switching."

  3. VeRoHdezM

    🤟🏻🤟🏻 love each single accent, 😍😍

  4. Funnylady

    Trevor that is so funny u say that because I do the family is diverse also...Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, etc...🤣🤣🤣🤯

  5. Dominique McQueen

    Code switching for the culture!

  6. Seadina

    I FEEL this.. I grew up in Dubai where every person in my class was of a different nationality. I’m Bosnian but I’ve got a very neutral/ American accent (from what I’ve been told) but I change mine to adapt to the person I’m speaking with (i.e. Indian, Arab, etc.) I call it the Expat accent, a bit of every accent smashed into one.

  7. Minh Nguyen Le

    Wait a minute isnt his dad from switzerland?

    1. NL Mhlongo


  8. Kodjo Swole

    😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

  9. YouLaToya

    I wonder how his cousins took the last joke “I think that’s why I’m my Grandmothers favorite”. 😂 Brave guy.

  10. Derek H Troop

    Yeah. I second that

  11. Cli & Mils TV

    Love you anytime any day. It happens to me a whole lot.

  12. Kambura kirimi

    0:56 😂😂africans relate. Kenya 🇰🇪. Translate nishukishe apo😂 Alight me there. Put me there. Discharge me there😂😂 Dump me there😂😂 Ah 😂😂

  13. Lucy Vega

    Just watched the video with your grandma ans its sooo true 😂😂

  14. Caroline Laronda

    He is so adorable 💜

  15. Maxwell Maxwells

    what a brilliant dude you are brew! much love

  16. Wendy Miles


  17. Bunmi  Salami

    Yeah I do that too!!!

  18. Lavender Okoth

    He really loves his grandma.

  19. tlangelani ngobeni

    I'm South African and I speak all 11 of our official languages. I can relate to what Trevor is saying. I always change my accent according to who talking to. I'm Tsonga, when I speak to some of my elderly relatives in Limpopo I have to speak the deep Tsonga and change my accent so they can understand me better. But with friends and any younger person I switch to slang. Our languages are so diverse. I've realised that in most places when you switch to someone's accent they receive you better because they feel like you are one of their own.

  20. Bob

    As a Haitian i can 100% confirm his statement, when we're around regular people and a few Haitians we're totally Americanized, but as soon as you put us in a space with only Haitians or we're back in Haiti it's as if the spirit of our ancestors took over our body *lmfao*

  21. G L

    Fact check: Model C is not private school. That's a misrepresentation. They were the former "white" schools during Apartheid and which subsequently became open to all races.

  22. Sara

    My mom does that. She speaks with an Arabic accent when she's speaking with my Arab cousins, even though my mom is a white American.

  23. peachesandpoets

    I think a lot of urban africans are good at accents for this reason

  24. Kady Archibald

    😂 I’m from the Carribean, so I hardcore relate

  25. Anson Chan

    My dad does this so much with my relatives XD

  26. Emmylee Rousseau

    Yooooo this is so true!!! "Aye dont u act smart here!!!"

  27. Teezy Mali

    If you dislike the video you must have been looking for like button and ended press dislike by accident. You still have time to change it. Hurry up!

  28. Warley's Croutons

    That is exactly what I do with my Liberian parents. Its broken English in the entire household 😂

  29. Fadi Nimer


  30. shawolmblft

    trevor is a master of code switching

  31. Jodi-Ann Burton

    It's called code switching Trevor lol

  32. Blue_Fire Nova

    Your dad would be like, "Put volume! Put volume!" And then you would be like, "Uh, do you mean increase the volume?" "Hey! I'll increase or decrease your life! Don't act smart here. Put volume! Don't come here with that English!" Oh my gosh, this is hilarious!

  33. Two Teas and One Coffee

    that guy randomly strolling in the background at 1:08 lmao

  34. girlgreenivy

    But Trevor, did you get your grandma her generator?

  35. Abidh Jameel

    Who else was waiting for this behind the scenes lol

  36. Crepe Waou

    Has Trevor talked about what's going on in his country South Africa? there is a massive xenophobic massacre out there, why is he silent about it (if so)

  37. Thinker

    Ha ha ha... Have you ever been to the linguistic mess that is Haiti, Trevor? It's crazier than you can ever imagine. Have you ever seen 5 people hold a conversation in 3 different languages, jumping from one to another, starting a sentence in one and finishing it in another, asking a question in one and having it answered in another like it's the most natural thing in the world? That's how we do it. 😂

    1. NL Mhlongo

      South Africa too. Even our TV shows have people speaking to each other in different languages. I can have a conversation with my family members in different languages too. I think it's fun

  38. Lucia Ralepobe

    In South Africa our parents get mad at us for speaking English, dare you speak English in a taxi yhuuuu😥😥😥😥

  39. Martin Sassenberg

    More "Behind the scenes"! ❤️ Greets from Germany

  40. Rahma Darries

    who are the people looking like South Africans sitting in front of the audience? :O

  41. Sabvina Cruz

    Lol this was good. So, I don’t think I mirror “accents” but I’d say mirror “dialects”. I do it with my coworkers all the time and people I meet. I think that’s how my brain has processed how efficiency works. So, this must be rather common.


    "Put volume put volume"😂😂😂😂



  44. Lily Grouby

    All Caribbean people know this struggle.

  45. ABCD12345

    Ooh Trevor never forget his roots

  46. Arre Flo

    Trevor you might speak about the attacks against the immigrants on South Africa Many others people lost life in South Africa Please speak about them and mentalities in Africa We are all Black

  47. Orapeleng Tawana

    please upload more Between the Scene clips please Trevooooooor!!! I can spend the whole day listening to you man you're incredible

  48. pixel girl

    I only thumb this up reluctantly, where's the Nelson Mandela impression? 😢

  49. g mun22

    🤓I research linguistics. Those examples are dialects, not accents; & probably in linguistic terms, his grandmother's would actually be classified as a separate language. Eventually languages evolve with others (so many examples are with English) so it creates what seems like slang when compared to 'educated English' but it's actually the evolution of an older language. Different grammar, especially in that kind of context, is a good guide for that. The difference between that & a dialect would be that a dialect is still 'proper English' but uses words specific to a geographical area that people unfamiliar with a phrase/word just don't understand. The entire UK has lots of examples of that. And then the difference between a dialect & an accent is that you're both speaking the same language, you understand each other perfectly & use the same grammar & words etc., but you sound different from each other. So people speaking English from, e.g. Texas & Boston; or from France & Brazil... etc. I'm Scottish, technically Scots is classed as a separate language - originally in southern areas; Gaelic is Highlands (& more like Irish... random example: _sgian-dubh_ is the knife tucked into kilt socks & pronounced _'skee-ən-DOO'_ - it's *very obviously* a different language. I don't speak it! Although odd words like that are widely known because they have no other name.) Scots is considered more of a West of Scotland dialect now (sometimes called an accent in this same way); a lot of words are generally considered slang/ bad grammar/ 'bad English' because it has merged with English so much. If you fancy learning some Scots, Buzzfeed has an obsession with 'Scottish Twitter' - & a hilarious article full colourful insults if you Google 'Scottish twitter roasted trump' - enjoy!🤣 If you ever find yourself in Glasgow trying to have a conversation with someone (taxi driver stories are common), or understand words in that article, it definitely sounds like a different language to people who say, "I thought they spoke English in Scotland." Glaswegians consider an Edinburgh _accent_ to be 'posh'. My grandparents' generation definitely spoke 'Scots' I had to tune my ear into. So many layers!! When I go home (from the US), I am frequently asked where I come from. You can practically pinpoint the area of a city/town (or if someone went to private school 😄 - & where) by their accent. So people do change it up a bit because of stereotypes. Apparently I just confuse people. And *in* the US, I've been asked what language I'm speaking to another Scottish person - tbf, the person who asked was Egyptian & I think we must just have been talking quickly to each other (he was serving someone else in a store; we weren't being rude!) Although I'm frequently told I "speak very good English." 🙄 Cheers! Or slàinte! Apart from technicalities/ definitions, linguists have no idea why we have such diverse accents, especially in small areas like the UK, when we're speaking the same language. If you're someone who uses the term 'British accent' - just search for it on US-new. 😉

  50. Bahati Mary

    Now I can explain my mixed accent thank this day

  51. Chad Blignaut

    Private School - Model C , thought Trevor grew up on the dusty streets of SA, Thought his father was German and now his father sounds rather black.. Sounds like Trevor is a Liar.

  52. COKE LK

    Haha very funny, I want to die

  53. Maduly Pierre

    Haitian *iz in de Houzz* 😂😅😂. (#LoveAccent) Big Love Trevor from Haiti😗😙😘

  54. Collins T

    Hey Trevor, maybe bring Grandma to see where you work and a guest interview

  55. Adelphos89

    My southern U.S. accent comes out of nowhere when I'm with any family XD

  56. Jose Valentin

    So true!!! Despues de un dia en Mexico termine sonando mexicano y con mi compañera de trabajo dominicana cambio mi acento a dominicano. Lol

  57. VeraIsTheTruth

    That Haitian accent was spot on 😂😂😂

  58. VeraIsTheTruth

    That is sooo true. I couldn’t figure out why no two accents in Johannesburg were the same lol

  59. Terri Jones

    I love his grandmother

  60. M.Talaal

    @1:11.. the guy that walks in... epitome of "zero fucks given"...😂😂

  61. Ermelane Mercier

    Haitians love you Trevor, funny, smart, your haitian accent is on point

  62. Mardoche Julien

    Haha we, haitians, love ur show Trevor.. Nd ur haitian accent was on point man

  63. Lim Mesquita Campos

    This thing he is talking about is called Code-Switching. At different places, different accents and different words.

  64. G. K

    Trevor I think I have a crush on you

  65. nuno gomes

    Trevor smart Guy

  66. Bijou Yser

    So real😂😂😂😂😂

  67. Chest Rockwell

    This cuck is the definition of beta Male pussy

  68. Lynda Starr

    When he talked about his friend from Haiti!! I was HOLLERING!!! 🤣🤣🤣

  69. Boaty McBoatface

    He is the most interesting person in the world.