Comedian Sugar Sammy is trying to describe how he can move to a new country and figure out enough of the local quirks to poke fun at them.
“The French will say, ‘How do you know us so well?’” he says in an interview in Washington, D.C. “I’m like, ‘Because I’ve watched you, I have listened to you. I’ve been, I’ve been …” and he pauses.
The Montreal-born comedian performs in four languages and currently he cannot summon the English word for what he wants to express. “That’s the only drawback of being bilingual: Sometimes you’ve got to look for the word if it comes to you in French first.”
He thinks aloud — victim? suffer? — then resorts to his iPhone before it finally comes to him: “Subjected!”
“I have observed, I’ve listened and I have been subjected to you for the last two years,” he continues. “So that creates something that’s not going to go unnoticed.”