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(Deadline)   So just how bad did Joel McHale bomb as MC of the White House Correspondents Dinner? He's being referred to now as "the other comic" in light of how well Obama killed the room. Ouch   (deadline.com ) divider line
    More: Followup, White House Correspondents Dinner, Joel McHale, Obama, home runs, dinner  
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2014-05-05 09:51:31 AM  
8 votes:

ManateeGag: EyeballKid: And, are these the same people who prefer CBS's "LOOKIT THEM WEIRDOES IN GLASSES!! OOOOH! THEY'RE TELLING ME TO LAUGH NOW, SO IT WAS FUNNY! HYUK, HYUK, HYUK!" to "Community?" Fair enough, then.

some of his jokes were really good and I laughed hard at them, but a lot of them fell flat.


Did they fall flat because they sucked, or because people in the room have no sense of humor?

Does anyone remember Colbert's speech? It was not 'funny' - it was pure awesome, and that is seriously a crowd of humorless twits. But should anyone be surprised? These dickholes run the country.

Seriously though, Steven Colbert should forever be remembered for that speech. It was the modern day equivalent of Dan Rather confronting Nixon.
2014-05-05 09:31:51 AM  
8 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Like when Colbert hosted, McHale seemed to be playing to the folks outside the room.


colbert's was one of the funniest, most barbed correspondents dinner gigs ever delivered. and the wingnuts thought he "bombed" because nobody was laughing in the room. colbert was smart enough to realize that his audience was the internet, not the stuffed-suit hypocrites in front of him.
2014-05-05 10:21:15 AM  
5 votes:
Colbert's best joke was where he mocked journalists:

"Here's how it works. The president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the Administration? You know, fiction!"
2014-05-05 10:04:40 AM  
4 votes:

FlashHarry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Like when Colbert hosted, McHale seemed to be playing to the folks outside the room.

colbert's was one of the funniest, most barbed correspondents dinner gigs ever delivered. and the wingnuts thought he "bombed" because nobody was laughing in the room. colbert was smart enough to realize that his audience was the internet, not the stuffed-suit hypocrites in front of him.


Colbert was not a laugh riot.  It was, however, the best dressing down of a current President in front of said President in history.
2014-05-05 10:04:12 AM  
4 votes:

ManateeGag: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Chris Christie

you do have to hand it to him, he took it in good fun.  unlike Trump, that humorless prick.


Trump really does not comprehend what a joke most people think he is...
2014-05-05 09:54:03 AM  
4 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Chris Christie


you do have to hand it to him, he took it in good fun.  unlike Trump, that humorless prick.
2014-05-05 09:26:14 AM  
3 votes:

Diogenes: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat:  Like when Colbert hosted, McHale seemed to be playing to the folks outside the room. The WHPC crowd seems pretty thin skinned... with the exception of Chris Christie, of course.

I'm waiting for Kanye to twat something about the Kardashian slam.


The "Kardashian slam" was what got them famous in the first place.
2014-05-05 08:57:26 AM  
3 votes:
It was pretty rough but I thought it was very funny.  Probably a bit too much for that crowd.  But they'll get over it.

Obama had some good zingers but honestly I think this was one of tamer and less funny performances at this thing.
2014-05-05 08:49:49 AM  
3 votes:
And, are these the same people who prefer CBS's "LOOKIT THEM WEIRDOES IN GLASSES!! OOOOH! THEY'RE TELLING ME TO LAUGH NOW, SO IT WAS FUNNY! HYUK, HYUK, HYUK!" to "Community?" Fair enough, then.
2014-05-06 09:49:15 AM  
2 votes:
I have always had a problem with the correspondent dinner. It ends up being a bunch of self important twits from the media fawning over a bunch of self important twits from politics. There should be a vibrant, tense and near adversarial relationship between the media and politics. This isn't to say that the media should be pro or con one side or the other but should be distant and skeptical of all sides.
2014-05-05 05:06:15 PM  
2 votes:

dletter: Even the 12:35 spots have much more leeway... which is why Ferguson often has much more obscure or interesting guests.  And as stated, the "main" (and only) guest on TDS and TCR are often politicians, scientists, authors, etc that would NEVER get first interview billing on the 11:35 shows


There's also the way Ferguson mentions whatever the person is there to plug in the introduction, and they then often proceed to barely talk about it at all.  The Harrison Ford interview last year was a great example. I think as a throwaway at the end, they said something like "uh, it's pretty good, go see it" after spending the entire time talking about flying planes.

This, of course, is why Ferguson is more interesting to watch for interviews than the others. Letterman has had some spectacular ones in his career as well, but the special brand of weird that Ferguson's show already has seems to lead into more interesting conversations.
2014-05-05 10:28:24 AM  
2 votes:

steamingpile: Obama wasn't funny at all


steamingpile: That was insulting to most and mocking the fact their site was a clusterfark and overpaid for such a shiatty design.


You should get some cream for that ass chafing.
2014-05-05 10:28:02 AM  
2 votes:
Colbert's wasn't "funny" because it wasn't filled with jokes.  It was truth... because he has big brass balls.

I had to google to find out who Joel McHale even is.  I didn't even know that TV show was still a thing.
2014-05-05 10:13:56 AM  
2 votes:
McHale's jokes were funny but his delivery was weak. But that's better than weak jokes with good delivery.

Washington insiders assessing his performance may be the biggest joke of all.
2014-05-05 10:09:34 AM  
2 votes:
Obama definitely had the better writers, but McHale was not boring.
2014-05-05 10:09:09 AM  
2 votes:
To be fair, his jokes weren't landing.  It seemed like they were written for the canned The Soup audience.  Still funny, just not as funny as expected.
2014-05-05 10:05:37 AM  
2 votes:
Obama's timing is great. He's got chops for this sort of thing.
2014-05-05 10:03:00 AM  
2 votes:

Diogenes: It was pretty rough but I thought it was very funny.  Probably a bit too much for that crowd.  But they'll get over it.

Obama had some good zingers but honestly I think this was one of tamer and less funny performances at this thing.


Nothing will ever beat how he nailed Trump.
2014-05-05 09:54:53 AM  
2 votes:

bdub77: ManateeGag: EyeballKid: And, are these the same people who prefer CBS's "LOOKIT THEM WEIRDOES IN GLASSES!! OOOOH! THEY'RE TELLING ME TO LAUGH NOW, SO IT WAS FUNNY! HYUK, HYUK, HYUK!" to "Community?" Fair enough, then.

some of his jokes were really good and I laughed hard at them, but a lot of them fell flat.

Did they fall flat because they sucked, or because people in the room have no sense of humor?

Does anyone remember Colbert's speech? It was not 'funny' - it was pure awesome, and that is seriously a crowd of humorless twits. But should anyone be surprised? These dickholes run the country.

Seriously though, Steven Colbert should forever be remembered for that speech. It was the modern day equivalent of Dan Rather confronting Nixon.


i watched a lot of Colbert's speech again last night.  you're right, it was pure awesome.
2014-05-05 09:18:49 AM  
2 votes:

Diogenes: It was pretty rough but I thought it was very funny.  Probably a bit too much for that crowd.  But they'll get over it.


Like when Colbert hosted, McHale seemed to be playing to the folks outside the room. The WHPC crowd seems pretty thin skinned... with the exception of Chris Christie, of course.

Joel needed a Mankini cameo, however.
2014-05-05 06:21:25 PM  
1 vote:

Empty Matchbook: Okay...I notice you didn't address the "thousands of dead being comparable to a website being down"...again...


I mentioned multiple things, you made it out like I only mentioned one and said it was equivalent to starting a "fake war" (whatever that means), which I didn't.

.

Empty Matchbook: The ones that have been going on since the 1970s? Yeah, it sucks, but a vast swath of the population is doing it willfully through things like social media.


 The erosion of rights through electronic means today is not in the slightest comparable, especially when you have a sitting President who explicitly said he would not allow it.
2014-05-05 02:13:05 PM  
1 vote:

Crewmannumber6: LemSkroob: Nothing beats this one:

Norm Macdonald White House Correspondents Dinner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm5bjfAc1tY

Too hip for the room


More closer to Norm just not giving a fark about the room. he does that a lot. Which makes it great. He is one of the smartest people in all of comedy. It takes skill to make not funny, funny.
2014-05-05 01:11:27 PM  
1 vote:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Even after Katrina, no one in the press was saying anything against Bush. They were completely in his pocket. It's hard to believe now, but that Colbert biatchanged things a bit. Not by itself -- so many people were lashing against him, just not in the official channels -- but certainly no one had the stone balls to stand up to him at that point. It was amazing. Things quickly crumbled after that.


Are you kidding? Bush was getting hammered repeatedly most of his presidency after a post-9/11 lull. The meaningful lapse was in the run-up to the Iraq invasion but even then there were many outlets calling b.s. on that. You honestly believe Bush was getting mostly a free pass prior to Colbert at the WHCD?

Look at his list of "scandals" from Daily Kos. The press was constantly on his shiat.
2014-05-05 12:20:02 PM  
1 vote:

mjbok: FinFangFark: Well, the work McHale and Colbert do on E! and Comedy Central are night and day. If you've heard McHale on that E! (he's not bad, but not great), this was all to be expected.

This is why I'm not sure Colbert will work on Late Night.  I don't think the producers will let him have the kind of show he has at CC, and the CBS late night audience may not warm to him.

Keith Dudemeister: Barry's got some decent comedic chops. Pretty dang funny. Whoever wrote that "orange is the new black" joke is a freaking genius.

It was funnier when it was originally told half a decade ago.


Why would that have been funny 5 years ago? The show started in 2013. The book wasn't popular enough to be a  mainstream joke, was it?
2014-05-05 11:39:08 AM  
1 vote:
Youtube makes Fark look like an elegant dinner party.

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2014-05-05 11:33:52 AM  
1 vote:
Some of it was pretty hilarious. Some of it was meh, but overall I would say it was funny.
2014-05-05 11:33:44 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: Jews at Google?


Or as they're better known: Jewgles.
2014-05-05 11:18:58 AM  
1 vote:

rvesco: That was when Colbert beat up the Bush administration, right?  The word "awesome" is starting to mean "left-wing" on FARK these days.

Yeah, Colbert is awesome.  Maybe even a little to the left of the Daily Show's awesomeness.


why does he have to be classified as left or right? his bit killed - and the president at the time was a republican.
2014-05-05 11:09:07 AM  
1 vote:

rvesco: bdub77: Does anyone remember Colbert's speech? It was not 'funny' - it was pure awesome, and that is seriously a crowd of humorless twits.

That was when Colbert beat up the Bush administration, right?  The word "awesome" is starting to mean "left-wing" on FARK these days.

Yeah, Colbert is awesome.  Maybe even a little to the left of the Daily Show's awesomeness.


Are there significant numbers of Conservatives that think Bush did a good job?  If not, Colbert was mainstreaming it.
2014-05-05 11:00:29 AM  
1 vote:

bdub77: Does anyone remember Colbert's speech? It was not 'funny' - it was pure awesome, and that is seriously a crowd of humorless twits.


That was when Colbert beat up the Bush administration, right?  The word "awesome" is starting to mean "left-wing" on FARK these days.

Yeah, Colbert is awesome.  Maybe even a little to the left of the Daily Show's awesomeness.
2014-05-05 10:51:16 AM  
1 vote:
I thought it was fine. There was plenty of laughter in the room, so they seemed to think so too. Joel did seem a bit nervous though.
2014-05-05 10:39:18 AM  
1 vote:
I swear I've heard the "orange is the new black" joke before.  I googled it and it appeared in stories back in 2010 about Boehner.
2014-05-05 10:31:52 AM  
1 vote:
God, I farking HATE when people link to Deadline... I could stare at this indefinitely, it's not like the video has ever actually loaded, just that pretty spinning color wheel assuring me that ti will be up any moment now...

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2014-05-05 10:31:25 AM  
1 vote:
McHale killed it for a good 15 minutes, started apologizing a bit too much toward the end and had some weaker jokes on the backend (except the DeNiro one, that was awesome) but was otherwise pretty damn good. If you watch the Soup you'd know that's kind of his schtick, he hits hard and then sometime pulls back a bit.

I don't know what all the butthurt is about. I guess if you're 60 it's not funny to you.
2014-05-05 10:29:09 AM  
1 vote:
Stay classy, deadline.com

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2014-05-05 10:28:04 AM  
1 vote:

FlashHarry: obama's "orange is the new black" joke absolutely killed!


That and the bit about any statement starting with "Let me tell you what I know about negro" was pricesless
2014-05-05 10:27:43 AM  
1 vote:
The correspondents only laugh at Obama's jokes because they are required to. No one wants to be seen not laughing.
2014-05-05 10:25:04 AM  
1 vote:

The Why Not Guy: It sort of fell flat because nobody knew what was happening but I loved when Obama brought out Kathleen Sebelius to fix the computer glitch with the presentation. Partly because it was funny and partly because I could imagine Fox News viewers turning purple. Good lord, I've sunk to their level. This is not a proud day.


That was insulting to most and mocking the fact their site was a clusterfark and overpaid for such a shiatty design.

But then most government websites are piss poor design.
2014-05-05 10:24:50 AM  
1 vote:
He got some good lines and some great sting, but god damn, a lot of his jokes just felt flat, expecially near the end. Felt sorry for him at that silence.
2014-05-05 10:13:15 AM  
1 vote:
Obama's sharpest barbs always seem to be reserved for Mitch McConnell.  And deservedly so.
2014-05-05 10:12:01 AM  
1 vote:
obama's "orange is the new black" joke absolutely killed!
2014-05-05 10:08:28 AM  
1 vote:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Diogenes: It was pretty rough but I thought it was very funny.  Probably a bit too much for that crowd.  But they'll get over it.

Like when Colbert hosted, McHale seemed to be playing to the folks outside the room. The WHPC crowd seems pretty thin skinned... with the exception of Chris Christie, of course.

Joel needed a Mankini cameo, however.


Obligatory.  Sadly, it doesn't appear to be the full bit.
2014-05-05 10:07:43 AM  
1 vote:
Oh sh*t. I'm 3 minutes in and Joel is f*cking killing it.
2014-05-05 10:02:09 AM  
1 vote:

ManateeGag: EyeballKid: And, are these the same people who prefer CBS's "LOOKIT THEM WEIRDOES IN GLASSES!! OOOOH! THEY'RE TELLING ME TO LAUGH NOW, SO IT WAS FUNNY! HYUK, HYUK, HYUK!" to "Community?" Fair enough, then.

some of his jokes were really good and I laughed hard at them, but a lot of them fell flat.


His materiel was good although I thought going after Pelosi`s appearance was tactless. His delivery was poor.
2014-05-05 09:35:47 AM  
1 vote:
They really missed the opportunity for a "community" organizer joke
2014-05-05 09:30:22 AM  
1 vote:

EyeballKid: And, are these the same people who prefer CBS's "LOOKIT THEM WEIRDOES IN GLASSES!! OOOOH! THEY'RE TELLING ME TO LAUGH NOW, SO IT WAS FUNNY! HYUK, HYUK, HYUK!" to "Community?" Fair enough, then.


some of his jokes were really good and I laughed hard at them, but a lot of them fell flat.
 
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