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Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:24 PM

Michelle Wolf's raw, crass White House Correspondents Dinner jokes were shockingly good

From her opening line (“Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump, ‘Let’s get this over with’”) to her closing kicker (“Flint still doesn’t have clean water!”), Michelle Wolf’s performance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner was a raw triumph. Some of her jokes were solid, conventional ones, like “Trump has a lot of ideas. He wants to give teachers guns, which I support. They can sell them for supplies.” And some of them were arbitrary and mean in the manner of good Don Rickles material, such as “What would I do without Megyn Kelly? Maybe be proud of women.” A fair number of her jokes weren’t funny, purely on the level of joke-writing craft. And yes, she sprinkled her routine with obscenities here and there. But virtually all the jokes that CNN and Fox News are telling you afterward were “X-rated” or “in poor taste” or “not funny” — those were magnificently funny, funny in a slash-and-burn way that was tremendously satisfying.

It’s standard for the president of the United States to attend this dinner, but of course, our standard-breaking, humorless current president chose to decline. (In a pre-speech interview, Wolf said, “I think it’s cowardly not to go. The only other person that didn’t go was [Ronald] Reagan, when he was shot. And he called in.”) Trump chose instead to give a speech at a rally in Michigan, where he delivered the true obscenity of Saturday night: a damaging attack on Montana senator Jon Tester for simply reporting the allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s failed pick to run the Veterans Administration. Compared to anything Wolf said, Trump’s speech was far more offensive.

Which is not to say Wolf’s material was not offensive — it was, intentionally so. One member of Trump’s team was on the dais with Wolf on Saturday — press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Wolf began by telling her, “I love you as Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale.” Then Wolf escalated her attack with an almost poetic insult: “I think Sarah’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” There were a lot of groans and moans and “Ooooh”s and startled silences from this point on. Wolf also insulted Democrats and the media in one concise joke: “I know there’s a lot of people who want me to talk about Russia and Putin and collusion, but I’m not gonna do that, because there’s a lot of liberal media here and I’ve never wanted to know what any of you look like when you orgasm. Except for you, Jake Tapper.” Okay, one more: Comparing one white-haired white guy to another white-haired white guy, she said, “Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn’t gay.”

The comedian was probably little-known to the thousands of journalists, celebrities, and political figures who were in the audience, and, pausing in the midst of telling many crude jokes, Wolf chided the people who’d invited her for “not doing their research on me.” This was the most brash, irreverent Correspondents Dinner performance since Stephen Colbert’s 2006 masterpiece. But where Colbert’s focus was on politics, Wolf’s was more broadly focused, on the whole range of awful behavior–on the cultural atmosphere–that Trump has unleashed.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/michelle-wolf-white-house-trump-sanders-jokes-115142714.html

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Reply Michelle Wolf's raw, crass White House Correspondents Dinner jokes were shockingly good (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 2018 OP
rustydog Apr 2018 #1
OnDoutside Apr 2018 #13
manor321 Apr 2018 #2
alterfurz Apr 2018 #6
fleabiscuit Apr 2018 #18
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2018 #21
Pepsidog Apr 2018 #23
Tribalceltic Apr 2018 #14
kwassa Apr 2018 #32
Cha Apr 2018 #3
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2018 #8
fleabiscuit Apr 2018 #19
lunasun Apr 2018 #27
Cha Apr 2018 #33
Cracklin Charlie Apr 2018 #4
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2018 #10
Rorey Apr 2018 #11
SammyWinstonJack Apr 2018 #17
Kali Apr 2018 #5
shenmue Apr 2018 #7
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2018 #9
Thekaspervote Apr 2018 #12
murielm99 Apr 2018 #15
SunSeeker Apr 2018 #16
TheDebbieDee Apr 2018 #31
hoss53 Apr 2018 #20
lunasun Apr 2018 #28
Generic Other Apr 2018 #22
UTUSN Apr 2018 #24
Scurrilous Apr 2018 #25
MustLoveBeagles Apr 2018 #26
bearsfootball516 Apr 2018 #29
LanternWaste Apr 2018 #35
NatBurner Apr 2018 #30
Gothmog Apr 2018 #34

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:25 PM

1. I am not a fan of Wolf's type of humor BUT

She rocked it at the White House Correspondent's Dinner!

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Response to rustydog (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:28 PM

13. i wouldn't be either, but she did brilliantly, and will move her career on, on the back of this.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:26 PM

2. Ridiculous

Colbert's masterpiece was brilliant satire from a brilliant mind. Last night was a mostly unfunny rant.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:37 PM

6. "chill out, Republicans...

...it was just some locker room talk." -- #WHCD tweet

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Response to alterfurz (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:09 PM

18. Perfect

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Response to alterfurz (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:30 PM

21. Best comment I've seen on the topic!

Take a bow!!!

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #21)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 07:07 PM

23. Yep. I agree. Bravo !

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Response to manor321 (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:29 PM

14. I found it quite funny.

and very refreshing

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Response to manor321 (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 11:34 PM

32. I thought Michelle outstanding.

I still do.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:26 PM

3. Important context tonight following the #WHCD.

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:55 PM

8. Wajahat Ali naaaaiiiilllllllls it!!!

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:14 PM

19. ++

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 08:55 PM

27. Wajahat Ali ain't that truth ! Thanks Cha

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Response to lunasun (Reply #27)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 11:49 PM

33. You're Welcome, lunasun..

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:29 PM

4. I find the Wolf jokes far less offensive than republican lies.

Just sayin’.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:57 PM

10. Hahahaha... true dat!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:11 PM

11. Yes, and she hit us liberals too.

I'm not buying their outrage.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:02 PM

17. Oh, no kidding.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:32 PM

5. good analysis

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:48 PM

7. She was hilarious

One of the best comedians I've ever seen.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 04:56 PM

9. Standing O for Michelle Wolf!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:27 PM

12. Great job Michelle!! Thanks for calling it as it is

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:33 PM

15. I like that Pence joke.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 05:38 PM

16. So did Don Lemon.

The camera panned to him during that joke and he was busting a gut laughing.

"... Anderson Cooper without the gay."

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 11:13 PM

31. I didn't get that joke! Can you please explain it to me?

 

About how if Anderson Cooper wasn't gay Mike Pence wouldn't be VP? Huh?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:22 PM

20. Michelle so good

She made a lot more good points than tRump,aka spanky, did in his Michigan rallie. Did the republicans pay those people to be there????? Can't believe there's that many stupid people in Michigan.

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Response to hoss53 (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 08:58 PM

28. Welcome to DU hoss53


Trump was more offensive in Michigan than any of her jokes
And he is not kidding !

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 06:36 PM

22. They didn't laugh at the best jokes

And the jokes on them and us. What a sad and pitiful press corps. They deserved even more than they got when it came to hearing some uncomfortable truths.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 08:05 PM

24. K&R

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 08:27 PM

25. K&R

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 08:43 PM

26. She just called it as she saw it

Not everyone is comfortable with that. Did I like all the jokes? No, but she stuck the landing on most of them. Overall I thought did great. She doesn't owe anyone a damn thing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 09:01 PM

29. Eh. I thought she had a few good ones, but for the most part, it came across as unprofessional to me

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #29)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:19 PM

35. Yeah.... comedians are renowned for their professional demeanor.

Yeah.... comedians are renowned for their professional demeanor. I often mistake comics for IBM workers.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2018, 10:44 PM

30. am i the only one that remembers "maybe it's maybeline"?

and for the record, she roasted democrats too
she has a point

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 12:57 PM

34. I liked her performance also

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