"This is it, the end of the presidential race and feels like the end of the world. It's, I'm not gonna lie, I don't know if you've come to the right place for jokes tonight," Trevor Noah began The Daily Show's live election night special. "This is the first time throughout this entire race where I am officially sh*tting my pants. I genuinely do not understand how America can be this disorganized or this hateful."
By the time the show began airing - at 11pm ET - Donald Trump had already won North Carolina and was poised to win Florida; leaving both Noah and the entire The Daily Show faced with difficult decisions on how to balance the show's tone, though Noah certainly didn't attempt to ignore his own despair.
He came very much in agreement with his first guest, MTV News correspondent Ana Marie Cox; who admitted she was "heartbroken" over the results, and the realisation that America is "more racist and more sexist than I had wanted to believe".
That said, the episode wasn't entirely devoid of humour, though it became of the increasingly dark variety; he joked in his opening monologue, "I mean, right now, I don't know if you've seen this, the Mexican peso is crashing, that's what's happening to Mexico's currency, which means if Donald Trump wins, Mexico can't afford to pay for that wall." Noah promised viewers that he and his team would continue to make jokes but that, "I can't front: I am very much afraid."
The episode also featured pre-planned segments about photos captured of both Trump and his son Eric appearing to take a peep at their own wives' ballots.
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert also hosted a live election special; featuring an opening cartoon which depicted a jealous Trump wanting to get vengeance on Obama after being humiliated at the White House Correspondents dinner.
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