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Joel McHale Delivered a Sneering, Hilarious White House Correspondent's Dinner Speech That Pulled No Punches

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | May 3, 2014 | Comments ()


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Sarcastic, sneering, mean, and hilarious, Joel McHale pulled no punches in his White House Correspondent’s Dinner monologue, taking digs at Obama, Chris Christie, Republican racism, and the Tea Party. He even delivered a few below the belt jokes at Vice President Biden’s expense. It’s one of those speeches where you just hope to God some of the people being mocked aren’t in attendance (Bill Clinton for one, George Clooney for another). Unfortunately for Chris Christie, he was in attendance and suffered nearly three minutes of jokes aimed at him alone. Oh, and McHale also tried to make healthcare.gov’d the new Britta’d with mixed success.

At least, save for the Guantanamo joke that opened the monologue, McHale takes it relatively easy on the President.

Is it funny? Yes. Is it uncomfortable? Absolutely. (But the Peyton Manning joke was UNCALLED FOR).

Update: There were no hard feelings between Chris Christie and McHale?

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  • ZenderTranscender

    Looks like McHale may be paying the price for his "hilarious" digs. He crossed a line.He was stupid to dig Chris Christie the way he did. Millions of people like Christie, the Gov. of NJ and still a possible prez contender. DC and Hollywood people need to step out of their worlds into the real world - to understand what people really think, not just what media tells them they "ought" to think. Most people are smarter than that.

  • idiosynchronic

    I haven't been able to really enjoy so-called Nerd Prom since reading This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral by Mark Leibovich. While I'm sure the witnesses were appropriately roasted, they'll walk away more or less unfazed and comfortable in their lives. I'm not discounting McHale's great talent, but his audience is pretty secure in their existence in the Gilded City.

    Some day, when I'm feeling far less cynical and in the mood to watch Colbert beat up Dubya again, I'll turn this on and enjoy it instead.

  • ZenderTranscender

    Agree. Was not surprised by anything I read, but I will vote very differently now.This correspondents' event has gotten out of hand. The one percenters, representing both political parties, are in their greedy element. It's hypocritical the way one party tries to present the other one as money-grubbing. I just read that JayZ and Beyonce spent $100,000 on champagne at an Atlanta night spot. I'm assuming they are not Republicans.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Ugh, Leibovich's book is both grossly inaccurate and often misleading. There's a small community of people (who Leibovich hangs out with) that consider themselves faaar more relevant than they actually are. The idea of a few "Salon Dinners" dominating the DC social scene is as out of touch with today as "Mad Men".

    I know some of the old guys who are still members of the Cosmos Club, who have nice houses in Georgetown, and "summer" in Aspen or on the Cape, but they no longer run much of anything. They hire smart, young professionals to drive issues, to research and author policy papers, and go to real DC happy hours where the mix of politics and socializing still accomplishes most things.

    DC is a youth driven town - partly because only youngsters are willing to work for crap wages in the Hill, and partly because once people move to money jobs and a house in the 'burbs it's much harder to make the needed breakfast and dinner circuit.

    The White House Correspondents Dinner is a thing to get invited to so you can lord it over others and to give your husband or wife an opportunity to get all dressed up.

    It's like nearly every function you've ever been at where people wear a tux - filled with old people.

  • ZenderTranscender

    What do you think was inaccurate about the book?

  • kali yuga

    This is a truly despicable event. Watching Obama sit there and giggle at his own fraudulence is sickening. He would no doubt find this hilarious:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • firedmyass

    I... I have to draw you.

  • Nail Polish Color

    Hot DAMN, Joel is a sexy beast.

  • XiuFetish

    Obama killed it.

    "These days, House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they
    give me. Which means orange really is the new black.". Aw, snap!

  • The best part about this was how predictably thinned-skinned the Washington bubble crowd was about this. Every tweet or article from someone inside DC political circles thought he bombed. The rest of us loved it.

  • asherlev1

    I liked it! Mixed reviews were turning me off from watching, but on the whole, it was good.

  • happy1ga

    Ehhhh....well. I guess.

  • cox

    i wish he just dropped the mic and walked off after that Cristie committee sequence.

  • LL

    if the crowd hadn't sounded so offended the whole time i would have enjoyed it more.

  • Jezzer

    That's what made it more enjoyable for me. WALLOW IN YOUR INDIGNANCE, CROWD. WALLOW.

  • Malware

    240p what year is this?!

    That said, it was pretty funny.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    C-Span?

  • TacoBellRey

    That Kardashian joke KILLED me. Also, the video from Joe Biden was awesome.

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