“Daily Show” Correspondent Roy Wood Jr. Featured March 10
Mercersburg’s first school meeting following the return of students to campus in March was “A Virtual Conversation with Roy Wood Jr.,” which took place virtually for the student body March 10. Roy Wood Jr., a comedian and actor, is a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and has starred in two stand-up specials on Comedy Central.
All students are under a mandatory quarantine for approximately their first week back on campus, which includes the March 10 event. Students returned to Mercersburg (and boarding students moved back into their dormitories) Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7. Students had been off campus since prior to Thanksgiving break in mid-November 2020; all classes have been held exclusively online since then.
Roy Wood Jr. has used The Daily Show’s brand of satire to shed a light on serious issues like Chicago gun violence, police reform, LGBTQIA+ discrimination, ICE deportations, and PTSD in the Black community. His recent credits include guest-starring roles in Netflix’s comedy series Space Force, AMC’s Better Call Saul, and TBS’s The Last O.G.
“Roy Wood Jr.’s comedy approaches weighty topics in ways that really seek to engage with this year’s theme at Mercersburg of ‘Making a Difference,’” says School Minister Will Whitmore, who is one of a number of campus community members involved in planning school meetings. “Since we knew the students would be in quarantine during the first week they were back on campus, we wanted to bring in a speaker who is engaging and uplifting.”
Faculty member Bryan Morgan ’07 (who, like Wood, is a native of the state of Alabama) served as moderator for the event.
Students, faculty, and staff are undergoing multiple rounds of COVID-19 testing before and during the quarantine period on campus. Following a final round of testing, the school hopes to return to in-person classes and activities in mid-March. (Visit Mercersburg’s COVID-19 response page for more information.)