The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Brilliantly Spoofs M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

Even Sarah Paulson got in the mix

The Daily Show's branded content team did a fun spin on the movie, Glass. The Daily Show
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Sharp-eyed viewers who watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tonight will something familiar during the first commercial break.

In partnership with Universal Pictures, the network’s branded content team did a spoof of the upcoming movie, Glass, from director M. Night Shyamalan. The 90-second spot will launch during the first commercial break of the show tonight, and an extended two-minute version will go live across social media platforms.

“Partnering with the Daily Show provides advertisers the opportunity to be a part of the cultural conversation and create a meaningful connection with our fans,” said Michelle Zoni, svp, Viacom Velocity and Comedy Central.

The latest spot features Daily Show correspondents Roy Wood Jr. (playing Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Elijah Price), Ronny Chieng (playing Bruce Willis’ David Dunn) and Michael Kosta (playing James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb). In the spot, the three are “interviewed” in a scene that mirrors a conversation featured in the trailer between the characters and actress Sarah Paulson.

“The Daily Show’s coverage of pop culture is so much fun” said Annah Zafrani, senior vice president of integrated marketing for Universal Pictures. “So they were a perfect partner for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, and we were thrilled that Michael, Roy and Ronny offered to step into the shoes of our three stars, and to use their own superpowers to create a hilarious film parody sketch.”

The teams sat down when the spot was first kicked around and determined that The Daily Show was the best property to showcase the film by highlighting the seemingly dark topics the film cover, but with humor.

The campaign was the branded content team’s third time working with Universal Pictures, and the team has created more than a dozen other spots featuring correspondents from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for brands that include Uber, Geico and Twizzlers.

“We want to create content that will entertain and engage our fans wherever they are,” Zoni said.

Universal Glass Credits

Director: Melissa Bolton-Klinger, Viacom Velocity

Writer: Devin Delliquanti, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Talent: Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Roy Wood, Jr., The Daily Show with Trevor Noah


Annah Zafrani, SVP Integrated Marketing

Beth Rehn, VP Integrated Marketing

Gina Quagliata, Manager Integrated Marketing


Dario Spina, CMO

Beth Trentacoste, SVP Creative Director

Michelle Zoni, SVP

Ali Zerden, VP

Alex Pilourous, Creative Director

Arian Monteagudo, Director

Alexandra Woog, Director

Jessica Sepulveda, Line Producer

Jere Orlandi, Director of Production

Felicia Garcia, Project Manager


Jennifer Flanz, Executive Producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.
Publish date: January 10, 2019 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT