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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Here's Video of President Obama and Joel McHale Trying to Be Funny at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Posted by on Sat, May 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Am I the only one who thinks President Obama was actually funnier than Joel McHale at the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year? I thought Obama's jokes about Cliven Bundy, Rand Paul, and CNN were pretty good, and that one punchline about Speaker Boehner facing Republican scorn was wonderful. McHale was awkward, too reliant on his notes, and he couldn't develop a rhythm to his monologue with all the endless asides. Not that any of this matters—everyone knows Stephen Colbert won the WHCD back in 2006. They should've just retired the whole event right then.


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O'Bama should take over for Letterman - he's a natural and had mostly good material. His referencing Boehner's trouble with republicans as evidence "orange is the new black" was one of the best lines of the evening.
McHale however - nervous and stumbling through mean spirited crap off hand-held cards - bombed terribly. Not that the occasion isn't impossibly difficult to rise to; Steven Colbert similarly bombed a few years ago. But McHale's shtick hit a new low and may have permanently damaged his stock. Awful.
Posted by Jim Detwiler on May 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM · Report this
KingofQueenAnne 2
I'm sorry, but Joel's joke investigation poking fun of Chris Christie was awesome.
Posted by KingofQueenAnne on May 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM · Report this
stinkbug 3
Wow, that Kathleen Sebelius gag was a total clunker.

Posted by stinkbug on May 4, 2014 at 1:14 AM · Report this
I don't like that Obama can't make fun of himself. He just doesn't let his guard down and his comments on others just seem catty, the opposite of magnanimous. I support his policies, but his lack of self deprecating humor is a weakness.
Posted by Why are there cars? on May 4, 2014 at 4:28 AM · Report this
Banna 5
McHale was hit or miss, but good enough for government work.
Posted by Banna on May 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM · Report this
The spell is broken; you realize that Community isn't funny either. You are free to stop being a dull white person and just admit you put up with a lot of mediocre and just plain bad TV to fill your idiot box addiction.
Posted by Agrippa on May 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM · Report this
JonnoN 7
hehe, what @6 said. McHale isn't very funny.
Posted by JonnoN on May 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 8
I enjoyed this Biden/Louis-Dreyfus video:…
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on May 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this
mikethehammer 9
@1, indeed. I was gonna say he should make the first ever transition from sitting president to stand-up comedian, though taking over for Letterman works too. I still think his take down of Trump from a couple years ago was funny as hell and not just because the target was so clearly (and deservingly) humiliated.
Posted by mikethehammer on May 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Paul,you are right; Joel was awful. Reading from cards? He just seemed like a random person who got up and not a professional actor.

"I don't like that Obama can't make fun of himself." What? He made a lot of digs at himself and laughed when others did as well.

Biden/Dreyfus were very good.

Best line of the night? Obama opining on how his numbers with the public are down but Boehner's are worse. He said, "I guess orange really is the new black."
Posted by westello on May 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on May 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
McHale was terrible. He obviously needs to hire Obama's joke writers. And ask Obama to teach him good comedic timing.

I agree that no one will ever top Colbert's performance, but the Boehner joke was one of my favorites in a long time. That was great.
Posted by J from Oregon on May 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM · Report this
I think one of the givens of the event is that the "host" shouldn't outshine POTUS's performance. It is a sacrificial challenge afforded those so desperate they have nothing to lose - one of the reasons Colbert was so controversial when he did indeed upstaged the President. Major stars with mainstream appeal routinely decline it. McHale was the perfect choice and performed in accordance with his questionable talent, putting the retrospective focus on how much better POTUS was ;)
Posted by Jim Detwiler on May 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 14
I enjoyed Obama channeling his inner Richard Sherman at about the 4 minute mark.
Posted by Gern Blanston on May 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM · Report this
We like Obama.
Posted by Thom and Bri Bri on May 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM · Report this
rob! 16
The bit about Hannity, Giuliani, and Huckabee as teenyboppers ga-ga over Putin was hilarious (lead-in starts at 13:10; ТИГР Beat poster is at 13:53).
Posted by rob! on May 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM · Report this
rob! 17
Re: 16, weirdly, I couldn't find a decent screencap of that image yet, though Aravosis has a thumbnail here, so I made one and put it up on Twitter.
Posted by rob! on May 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM · Report this
Thought McHale was pretty good
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on May 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM · Report this

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