Comic Michelle Wolf addressed her White House Correspondent's Dinner controversy in the premiere of her new Netflix show, "The Break with Michelle Wolf," on Sunday.
"For the record, that was not a looks-based joke, that was about her ugly personality... She has the Mario Batali of personalities."— Michelle Wolf on her Sarah Sanders jokes
Wolf's joke that targeted Sanders: "she burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye."
Flashback via Axios' Mike Allen:
- The Gridiron Club, which hosts another major dinner for Washington reporters, has a rule for its roasters: "Singe, don't burn."
- And one guest told me a good rule of thumb for comedy is not to attack how people look or who they are.
- Wolf — an alumnus of "The Daily Show" who has a Netflix talk show coming May 27 — didn't follow either of those, and said after an anatomical joke: "Should've done more research before you got me to do this."
- She made several uses of a vulgarity that begins with "p," in an audience filled with Washington officials, top journalists and a few baseball legends (Brooks Robinson, Tony La Russa and Dennis Eckersley).
Among the printable jokes:
- “Just a reminder to everyone: I’m here to make jokes. I have no agenda. I’m not trying to get anything accomplished. So everyone who's here from Congress, you should feel right at home.”
- "I'm 32 years old, which is an odd age: 10 years too young to host this event, and 20 years too old for Roy Moore.”
- "It's 2018 and I'm a woman, so you cannot shut me up [applause] — unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000. Michael, you can find me on Venmo under my porn-star name: Reince Priebus."
- "It is kind of crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”