Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has been on a roll during the pandemic in a way that many other late-night hosts just haven’t seemed to be hitting the mark. He’s scored major interviews, including a widely-circulated one with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and because of his regularly-filmed (pre-pandemic) segments which are not shown during the show but are available online of him having a conversation with his audience during commercial breaks, Trevor is used to speaking extemporaneously at a much higher level than some of his comedy competitors.
But it wasn’t a show segment or a Zoom interview that’s getting Trevor Noah praise today. Instead, he’s being lauded for a full-page ad he took out in at least the three largest city newspapers in America — the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
In the mock advertisement, Noah lists a “law firm” which is reaching out directly to Donald Trump:
“Are you a soon-to-be ex-president? About to lose legal immunity? Has your lawyer gone to jail? Call the very fine people on YOUR side, Trevor Noah & Associates & Sons, Presidential Attorneys.”
The ad goes on to list a litany of offenses that the “firm” defends, including “mega-corruption,” “shady rich guy tax stuff,” and of course, “mail murder.” It even includes a phone number at the end which, if you call it, has a special message for you if you are Trump (press 1 for this option) or if you are not Trump (press 2), and implores those who are not the president to check their voter registrations and treat this election with the importance it merits.
It’s hard to say whether Trump will ever actually see the fake advertisement, or whether his handlers will just keep him away from it so he doesn’t have another Twitter meltdown. But honestly, this bit of comedy gold feels like it was just for us, anyway. So thanks, Trevor.