May 25, 2023

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When Donald Trump ran for re-election during the presidential election in 2020, the Daily Show followed the year-long campaign trail. “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse – Into the MAGAverse” is The Daily Show’s highest-rated and most-watched special on YouTube, to date. The special’s comedic tone related to a more critical issue denotes The Daily Show’s approach to the seriousness of politics.

Each election year, viewers can expect a slew of comedic commentary on political candidates, campaigns, issues, and a general briefing of the midterm elections.

“Politics is boring… it’s confusing,” Roy Wood Jr., a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, said. “It’s a bunch of people in wrinkled suits talking gibberish and talking in circles. So, I think it is important to have a joke or two in there, because it makes [politics] easier to digest.”

Roy Wood Jr., Photo Credit: Comedy Central

In Georgia, only 80,000 residents (18-25) have pre-registered to vote, according to the United States Election Project. As the midterm elections are just a few days shy of a week, the turnout for young voters has significantly decreased since 2020. For weeks, the nation has wondered where the young voters are. In short, the answer involves political literacy and the concept of making politics accessible and digestible.

The satirical tone of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah accentuates transparency and conciseness across national and local government. Perpetually, the jokes are shared opinions between communities. In previous years, the series has brought political figures—Eric Adams, Stacey Abrams, Barack Obama and others—into the limelight to educate viewers on contemporary issues; including issues that are unhumorous.

“Some of the biggest truths and horrors about this country are not funny. Where we are headed as a country isn't always funny. So, I think it is important for us to make jokes and make like to help people through,” Wood said.

Since 2006, The Daily Show has followed the midterm elections in battleground states. In previous years, the series has noted political trends in states like Ohio and Florida and now, Georgia. This year, the show is filming in Atlanta ahead of National Election Day to uphold the importance of local government.

“To a degree, as Georgia goes… so does the rest of the country,” Wood said. He added that filming in Atlanta is synonymous with the reason the series taped in Florida in 2018.

“In two years, when there's a presidential election, who do you think is in charge certifying the elections, looking over election boards and having a finger in every little pot of laws that could affect things nationally?” he said. “They say politics is local, but we are connected. We are connected as hell across this country.”

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" airs Monday's through Thursday's at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and, the following day.