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Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Michelle Wolf discusses losing her anonymity following the White House Correspondents' Dinner
The Break with Michelle Wolf host performed her White House Correspondents' Dinner set 15 times at New York's Comedy Cellar, and her agent feared it would leak out. “My agent’s biggest fear was that someone was making a recording and was going to release it, like, the Friday beforehand, but nope!” she says. In the aftermath of the dinner, she says, “I literally just left D.C. as fast as I could." Now that Wolf is concentrating on her Netflix show, she's avoiding focusing too much on the news because she hates when people learn of word events through comedy. “I think news should have that responsibility, to be accurate," she says. "It’s not fair that comedy has that responsibility. But jokes are always funnier when they’re rooted in truth.” ALSO: The Break delivers something weirder and more specific to Wolf's particular spiky strengths.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Michelle Wolf took another shot at Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the premiere of her Netflix show The Break
Wolf also defended her right to make jokes about whatever she wants, in her opening monologue. “The point is, we’re all going to die," she said. "So until then, we might as well laugh. And laugh at everything and everyone.” ALSO: The Break's executive producer calls Fox & Friends unfavorable review an "endorsement."
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 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 4:32PM EDT
Seth Meyers: Donald Trump sent Michael Cohen to demand an on-air apology for my White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes
On Politico's Off Message podcast, Meyers recalled running into Trump at SNL's 40th anniversary special in February 2015, four months before he launched his presidential campaign. Meyers tried to patch things up and invited him on his show after mocking him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2011. So Trump sent his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to negotiate a Late Night appearance. But Meyers says Cohen had a non-negotiable demand that he make an on-air apology for his White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes.
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 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
- The Wolf hoopla reveals all the worst tendencies of comedy controversies in Trump era
- 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"
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 6:32PM EDT
Fake Michelle Wolf news stories began surfacing online after White House Correspondents' Dinner
One fake news article proclaimed, "Wolf guilty of bestiality." Another claimed that Wolf was fired from Comedy Central. And still another article said Hulu was canceling her stand-up special, which is not true since she's never had a Hulu standup special.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
Stephen Colbert revives his "Stephen Colbert" character to defend Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance
"How dare you besmirch the ok name of Sarah Huckabee Sanders," Colbert as his Comedy Central "Colbert" said on The Late Show. "I am so proud, right down the breast bone, that the press is defending her, despite the fact that her boss joked about throwing reporters in jail. That's the kind of comedy the press likes, more jokes like that, Michelle!"
- Dave Chappelle says Wolf "nailed it"
- Trevor Noah "criticizes" former Daily Show colleague Wolf: "Comedy isn’t just about jokes. It’s also about being polite and respecting authority. Unfortunately, it seems that some comedians—like Michelle Wolf—don’t understand that"
- Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden also mentioned Wolf in their monologues
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, CBS, Comedy Central, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dave Chappelle, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Late Night, Trump Presidency, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Michelle Wolf: "I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns"
"I wouldn't change a single word that I said," Wolf told NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air Monday of her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, adding that a friend who helped her write Saturday's monologue gave her a note that said, "Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground." Wolf told Gross she thinks she was underestimated because she's a woman. "I don't think they expected that from me," she said. "I think they still have preconceived notions of how women will present themselves and I don't fit in that box," she adds, noting that it would've been harder for a man to target Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "I think one of the things about being a comic is getting to actually, as a woman, I have access to hit women in a way that men might not be able to hit them with jokes," she said. Wolf added that she did not expect to generate so much controversy. "I wasn't expecting this level, but I'm also not disappointed there's this level," she says. "I knew what I was doing going in. I wanted to do something different. I didn't want to cater to the room. I wanted to cater to the outside audience, and not betray my brand of comedy."
- Seth Meyers sticks up for his former writer: "She is filthy. And she is mean, which is what we love about her...if you ask me, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got off easy"
- Wolf was vicious, but not gratuitous: "Comedy’s job is to have a point of view, to pick a hill to die on and defend it with furiously thrown pies"
- Wolf exposed everyone in the room, and that’s why they’re rushing to condemn her
- The cultural relevance of the WHCD is directly proportional to the annoyance its entertainment inflicts upon the comfortable
- Everybody should've known Wolf was playing to the viewers that count -- those not in attendance, who want comedy that's not polite and tasteful
- Obama WHCD writer Nell Scovell says uproar is because "our culture loves pitting women against women" -- but she doesn't think the WHCD should be scrapped
- Reporters pitch changes: Book a singer, or one liberal comedian and one conservative comedian
- Wendy Williams told the two audience members who didn't like Wolf's act to go to Rachael Ray's show "downstairs"
- Why Sarah Huckabee Sanders is fair game: "The assumption that women are more damaged than their male colleagues by the insults of a raunchy comedian comes from a benevolent sexism that portrays women as fragile beings whose dignity must be preserved," says Christina Cauterucci.
- Wolf emerged as the big winner: "It’s that many, many more people know her name now than only a few days ago..."
- It's okay to be offended by Wolf's jokes: "Michelle Wolf’s insults partook of the typical Trump style of personal attacks"
- Looking back at past WHCD controversies: From Wanda Sykes to Don Imus
- Did Wolf delete thousands of Trump-bashing tweets? The Daily Mail says she went from 20,000 tweets to a few hundred
- Incoming WHCA president reels off possibilities for next year: “No entertainer. No comic. A serious speaker. Maybe a musician. Maybe don’t televise it."
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, NBC, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nell Scovell, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Seth Meyers, Terry Gross, Wendy Williams, Fresh Air, Late Night, NPR, Trump Presidency, White House Correspondents’ Dinner