White House Correspondents’ DinnerLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
Michelle Wolf fires back at President Trump after he called her a "so-called comedian"
The president suggested he might attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner now that historian Ron Chernow has been announced as the night's entertainment, rather than a comedian. Trump tweeted: "So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?" Wolf tweeted in response: "I bet you'd be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest," referring to the president's decision to go easy on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the brutal murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Michelle Wolf: White House Correspondents' Association "are cowards" for ditching comedian as host
Source: The Daily Beast
Following Wolf's controversial performance at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, the White House Correspondents' Association has opted to have historian Ron Chernow speak at next year's event. "The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn't be prouder," Wolf tweeted in reaction to the news. This will be the first time in decades that the White House Correspondents' Dinner won't have a comedian as host. Chernow is most famous for his Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton. According to James Poniewozik. the WHCA's decision is a bad look coming amid the Trump administration. "I'm not super-invested in what WHCA does for its party," he tweeted. "I do think there's difference whether they made this change because they've decided having a comedian was *always* a bad idea or if they think it's a bad idea *while Trump is president.* Put another way: if the thinking is that as long as Trump is president, any comedian who does political material is going to have to poke at uncomfortable issues and it'll be ugly, then you're letting him set the terms of discussion."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Ann Dowd says The Handmaid's Tale's Lydia would “make mincemeat” out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Dowd also admitted to Seth Meyers that she was initially confused over Michelle Wolf's invoking Lydia to slam the White House press secretary at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
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
Source: The Daily Beast
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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
Source: The Daily Beast
“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?
Source: The Cut
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"
Source: The Hill
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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"