30 April 2018 - Michelle Wolf draws laughs and outrage at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Michelle Wolf Eviscerated the Trump Administration at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Gabrielle Bruney (Esquire, 29/04/2018)
Trump-era White House Correspondents' dinners are somewhat subdued affairs—our thin-skinned president is off basking in the adoration of his base at a rally, and the stars who studded the event during the Obama years are nowhere to be found. Enter former Daily Show contributor Michelle Wolf, who offered a truly no-holds-barred attack on the Trump administration.
"Like a pornstar says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump," she opened, "Let’s get this over with." Wolf worked her way through the litany Trump administration disgraces, touching on the Roy Moore scandal, the revolving door of cabinet officials, and Don Jr.'s impressively slick mane.
Wolf's routine was raunchier than that of her predecessors. She was reluctant to talk about Russia and collusion, she said, as there were many members of the liberal media in the audience. "And I've never really wanted to know what any of you look like when you orgasm. Except for maybe you, Jake Tapper."
Trump’s Washington Still Offended By Vulgarity, The Word ‘Pussy’
Arthur Delaney (The Huffington Post, 29/04/2018)
The presidency of Donald Trump has apparently not coarsened the sensibilities of this city’s movers and shakers, as political and media figures are in the throes of a not-quite-annual tradition of taking umbrage over jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Comedian Michelle Wolf on Saturday night fantasized about a tree falling on Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and likened White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a butch softball coach.
“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get: you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams,” Wolf said.
Trump assails White House Correspondents' Association amid Michelle Wolf controversy
Brian Stetler (CNN, 30/04/2018)
The White House Correspondents' Association is the newest front in President Donald Trump's long-running war with the media.
Twenty-four hours after comedian Michelle Wolf ripped into Trump and his aides on national television, Trump said the annual correspondents' dinner was "an embarrassment." He called Wolf's stand-up act "filthy."
"Put Dinner to rest, or start over!" he tweeted.
Was Michelle Wolf Out of Line?
Alessandra Codinha (Vogue, 29/04/2018)
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Michelle Wolf knew what she was doing. Wolf, a very funny comedian and a former Daily Show correspondent with a new Netflix variety show (The Break, out in May), was enlisted to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, and she swung for the fences. Depending on your point of view, she either scored big, or she “wanted to napalm the room.” Either way, she became something of a household name overnight. It was a take-no-prisoners routine that began by referencing the president’s alleged predilection for porn stars, and which ended by calling out the media for creating (and profiting off of) Trump, as well as the ongoing immigration nightmare, and the crisis in Flint. (For the record, I can attest that there were more laughs on Saturday night in the basement of the Washington Hilton than there appear to be on the C-SPAN feeds I’ve watched since, but no one would describe the reception at any point as “warm.”) But the real sticking point, or at least what has carried Wolf well into Sunday’s news cycle, was her roasting of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who attended on Saturday in the place of President Trump, ostensibly because he cannot bear to be mocked (many credit his embarrassment at the 2011 WHCD with his eventual bid for office, calling it an “I’ll show you”–style act of revenge).