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Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Michelle Wolf parodies "strong female lead" cliches in a new promo for her Netflix show
Watch Wolf promote The Break with Michelle Wolf with "Featuring Strong Female Lead: The Movie."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Michelle Wolf shuts down Meghan McCain's criticism that her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance was a "gift" to Trump
This morning on The View, McCain also asked, “How would you feel if you killed another comedian’s job?," bringing up that the WHCD might kill off the tradition of bringing on a comedian to emcee the event. “I mean, I don’t care,” Wolf fired back. “It’s not like a great job. I mean, I think everyone who’s ever done it has been like, ‘Great, now I don’t have to do it again.’” As for her performance being a "gift" to Trump, Wolf added: “I don’t think it was a gift to Trump anymore than every single news show—and I put that in quotes, ‘news’—is a gift to Trump.”
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Ann Dowd responds to Michelle Wolf comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her Handmaid's Tale character
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf compared the White House press secretary to Aunt Lydia. But Dowd thinks Sanders is even worse, telling the Los Angeles Times (via Indiewire): "From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense. Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down. Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Netflix offers another glimpse of The Break with Michelle Wolf
The White House Correspondents' Dinner comedian will make her Netflix series debut next weekend, on Sunday, May 27.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Trevor Noah isn't sure he'd ever host the White House Correspondents' Dinner
The Daily Show host says the backlash to Michelle Wolf opened his eyes on the relationship between the White House and the press. "I honestly don't know," he says of hosting the WHCD. "I don't know. Because I think of what the intention is. What am I trying to do? What is the dinner trying to do? What is it for? And, after this dinner, I ask that question even more now."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
In the Trump era, print reporters are making a lot of money appearing on cable news
When Michelle Wolf scolded Washington journalists at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she said President Trump "helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him. If you’re going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.” And now, Buzzfeed has revealed how much cable news pays print reporters to appear on TV to talk about the Trump administration. "Compensation ranges widely, but it has risen in recent years, according to reporters, agents, and network sources," according to Buzzfeed's Steven Perlberg. "Starting contributor rates for political reporters fall between about $30,000 and $50,000 a year. Top reporters can earn between $50,000 and $90,000 for their TV side-hustles, and some seasoned pros — boosted by loyalty and multi-year arrangements — make as much as $250,000."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Michelle Wolf pokes fun at her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in her return to Late Night
“It went great and every single person loved it,” Wolf joked to former boss Seth Meyers. “Across the board. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called me and was like, ‘I loved it so much. I got every joke.’”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
David Letterman praises Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in a chat with Jerry Seinfeld
"I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place," Letterman said in conversation at a Netflix For Your Consideration Emmy event promoting Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Seinfeld''s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "So I saw the complete script of what she had done. The more I got to thinking about it, I thought 'Wow, that was great,'" Letterman told Seinfeld. "Because, just, whatever the reaction — there's no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn't apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything." Seinfeld admitted he didn't "know" Wolf, but he had heard of her. "Everybody talks about how dedicated — that she's out every night working on her stuff and those are the kind of people I really like," he said.
Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Bill Maher praises Michelle Wolf for speaking truth to power, slams "Groundhog Day Syndrome"
“These people have Groundhog Day Syndrome," Maher said on HBO's Real Time of Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance. "Every year it’s, Let’s hire a comedian to tell jokes! And the day after it’s, Why did we hire a comedian to tell jokes?!’” ALSO: Wolf spent the week after her WHCD controversy running a 50-mile ultramarathon.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
How to make an abortion joke: Did Michelle Wolf cross the line with her "don’t knock it 'til you try it" line?
Reproductive health expert Gretchen Sission analyzes abortion jokes on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, BoJack Horseman and, most recently, Wolf's White House Correspodents' Dinner performance. “This is a tacky joke and not really that funny,” says Sisson of Wolf's abortion joke. But Sisson says that was intentional: “it was supposed to be tacky … she needed the audience to cringe and groan” to get to the follow-up. “The joke isn’t about abortion,” she adds. “It’s about hypocrisy.”
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Vice President Mike Pence on Michelle Wolf's jokes slamming him: "I count it all joy when I endure trials or criticisms"
Pence was asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network about Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, in which she called him "very anti-choice" and a "weird little guy." "I'm pro-life and I don't apologize for it," Pence said, adding that his stance "comes with the territory." ALSO: Petition calls for Wolf to host SNL.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Michelle Wolf: "I think that the evening says a lot more about her than it does about me"
On Fox & Friends this morning, the White House press secretary said she's been unaffected by Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner slam. "I hope that she can find some of the same happiness that we all have because I think she may need a little more of that in her life because the rest of us here are doing great," she said of Wolf. ALSO: Samantha Bee sticks up for Wolf: “Feminism doesn’t mean you can never make jokes about another woman ever."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Tina Fey on Michelle Wolf: "You can’t ask a coyote to guard the house"
"When you invite a comedian into that place where that tone is set, they’re going to give it to you straight, and I think that’s pretty much what she did," say Fey, who suggests the White House Correspondents' Dinner hire a children's choir for next year.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Dennis Miller decides not to write "brutally mean jokes" about Michelle Wolf
The conservative former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor vowed on Twitter to write something "brutally mean" about "horrid human being Michelle Wolf" by Wednesday following her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance. But Miller posted on Facebook that "these are dispiriting times. I'm going to take Kanye's advice on this one and just shut up."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Michelle Wolf revealed that Washington journalists don't get political satire
"Satirists are not appearing simply for journalists' amusement," says Jeffrey Jones and Caty Borum Chattoo. "Satirists," they say, "want to impart one very specific truth: Comedy is not vulgar; politics is." Jones, the executive director of the Peabody Awards, and American University professor Chattoo have each written academic books on comedy and satire. They say the journalists complaining about Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance don't understand political satire. "Satire is a verbal assault that passes judgment on those who have violated communal norms," they explain. "And there is a function inherent in comedy that bears reminding; since Aristotle's time, and in the present day, comedy allows a way into cultural criticism that can spark conversation. That satire allows a bit of scrutiny is easy to swallow, of course, when the object of criticism is politicians, especially norm-flouting ones like President Donald Trump. But journalists don't get a free pass just because they are journalists. Washington television journalists, in particular, are participants in power, not just witnesses to it. Satirists are intent on telling Washington journalists that they exhibit a too cozy relationship to power, as Wolf pointed out by noting that not only did journalists create Trump, they still profit from him — as corporations, but also personally."
- Wolf has already topped Seth Meyers as the C-SPAN's YouTube channel's most-watched WHCD host
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- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom: "I definitely think Michelle Wolf is getting more criticism because she’s a woman"
- Meet the Press' Chuck Todd: "I don’t think Michelle Wolf deserves any criticism. She was hired to do a job"