Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would review – an overall forgettable special

November 23, 2022
Ricky Valero 4
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service


Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would is Noah’s typical shtick that sees some jokes land and some jokes that don’t.

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Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would is Noah’s typical shtick that sees some jokes land and some jokes that don’t.

We review the Netflix comedy stand up special Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would, which was released on November 22nd, 2022.

Trevor Noah is someone that has seen his rise to the top of the landscape quickly ever since succeeding Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. However, he recently announced that his time on The Daily Show is ending. But Trevor Noah returns to the stand-up stage in his latest special for Netflix, Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would. Is the special worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

We see the special open-up with an empty arena with Noah doing a mic check on the stage. He kind of toys with various things to ensure the mic is on point from an impression of Trump and Obama. Honestly, I love the creativity here, and this was a homerun for an opener, and I give it a solid ten out of ten. So let’s get into the jokes.

Noah tells the story of meeting his father, which is followed by the language barrier between the two. He follows by talking about the Royal Family and how everyone makes such a big deal about people overdramatizing her death. I loved this entire bit because not only was it true that the Queen died of old age, but people often miss the point when trying to force others to mourn about people we don’t even know. It’s one of those things that really bothers me. As Noah said, I am not saying people shouldn’t mourn people’s deaths, but just because she was the Queen didn’t make her any more important to the people outside looking in. You had businesses closed and people writing these long, drawn-out articles, but my goodness, don’t shove it down our throats.

I watch horror movies. I wait for people to make stupid decisions, and when they die, I say you deserve it.

When I tell you that I had it in my mind that if I ever attempted to do stand-up (I couldn’t), I would have an entire bit on awful decisions people make within horror movies. Seriously, I am not kidding when I say this might have been my favorite bit of 2022, and I am not joking. I could write for hours about how studios should watch Noah’s entire five or so minutes about how dumb horror movies can be, and I would personally deliver them the tape.

Now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Noah would go deep into the political world because that’s where he has spent almost the last decade. While it sometimes felt preachy, it never crosses the line. He did have a fun approach regarding couples and families who would also wish things would be a certain way (like wanting to be locked up together or families to have more time together), which was hilarious. But, again, it can be preachy, so if you don’t want to hear about COVID, you might not want to watch.

Overall, I liked but didn’t love Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would. He does a great job with his impressions that make the entire special worth watching, but he does swing and miss several times. I hope that maybe his next time on the stage, he might have a different point of view with The Daily Show in the rearview mirror.

What did you think of the Netflix comedy stand up special Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would review – an overall forgettable special

  • November 24, 2022 at 12:49 am

    This article was written by someone with no taste. Whoever is reading these comments, I say watch it for yourselves and them come back and comment because This Trevor Noah routine is hilarious and I’m someone who does care for preachy. But everything Trevor says is the Damn truth and so friggin genius. Again, this author is devoid of a sense of humor in my humble opinion.

  • November 25, 2022 at 1:41 am

    It was a big set up but the routines did not measure up to it. It’s Ellen all over again! It is there meteoric rise from observing human contradictions. Trevor came across as not relatable with his inferences of leaving a top show leaving him with money to travel around the world…he like Ellen have a different viewpoint from the top but they pretend they are still the same. They were both Daniel and the Lion but now they are in denial it a Lion up against a Lion with makes their put downs cheap sarcasm because they lost perspective of being a commoner. I agree with the review 100%.

  • November 26, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    I love Trevor Noah usually, but this stand up special was not special. The jokes were convoluted and mostly duds. Who wrote these awful bits? So disappointing.

  • November 30, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Agreed, he has great charisma but halfway through had to turn it off because found the jokes very plain, obvious and boring. It’s a shame cause he has such mastery over his voice and also tempo for the audience to engage.

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