The Unfunniest Show on Earth

The whole concept of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is that one day a year the media and the politicians in Washington put aside their differences and pretend to be friends. I’ve seen orgies where people were less intimate with each other than this incestuous bunch. Cops and crooks don’t belong at the same picnic.

I didn’t find these routines funny, but maybe it’s just me. What do you think?

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55 Responses to The Unfunniest Show on Earth

  1. DandyTIger says:

    There were a few funny bits here and there. But on the whole it was kind of embarrassing. The mention of 8M Ocare signups got thunderous applause from the media. I liked that there were some making fun of the three main cable “news” channels which got big laughs. Both Obama and McHale were kind of relentless about CNN, which was well deserved. Mostly it was a love fest between Obama, the media, and the comedian.

    • 1539days says:

      Nothing will beat the infamous Don Imus address for sheer abuse. It was the one time the press got called out for their crap. Chris Matthews walked out because he was so offended. A year later when he moved to MSNBC, he was on Imus’ show constantly kissing his ass.

  2. 1539days says:

    I saw a Good Morning America story about all the “stars” at the WHCD. They only actually talked to 3 people from ABC shows in the actual segment.

  3. Somebody says:

    I thought Obama’s routine was better than McHale’s. Obama struggled a little bit with the delivery, but he landed a few. That joke about starting your sentence with “Let me tell you something about the negro” was funny. He had some other good lines too and it wasn’t super nasty like I felt McHale’s was. I’m not an Obama fan, but I thought he did pretty well as did his writers.

    I thought McHale’s routine was a little too nasty for the most part. He did have a few haha chuckle lines, but a lot of it really wasn’t that funny unless you buy in to a lot of far left memes or you just enjoy being hateful. The audience didn’t really seem to care too much for McHale’s routine either.

  4. I can’t bear watching it. I can hardly bear talking about it. Icky….

  5. jeffhas says:

    It’s all designed to make Obama look human/normal… So, no thank you… It’s like that Jedi mind control, “pay no attention to that other Obama, that has cluster-f*cked you”. I didn’t like it when Bush was the overlord. So, once again, no thank you. It’s bad enough I have to see the ‘chosen clips’ on ‘the news’. So much that is serious and scandalous right now, but let’s pretend it isn’t happening, for just ‘one’ night – as if all the other nights were for real.

    F*ck the media for thinking I want to see MORE of the same, wrapped up like it’s a special gift of different.

  6. swanspirit says:

    I thought there were a few funny lines from Obama , but of course he didn’t write them , and the hypocrisy was so deep you could swim in it . Joel McHale joke’s were typical of the type of humor he uses on The Soup . I thought he did a okay job with the exception if fawning over the Prezzie . That was sickening .

  7. leslie says:

    I didn’t watch it last night – didn’t even consider watching. I didn’t watch the videos above today. I cannot stand the sound of his voice much less the mention of his name. He has nothing to say that I deem listen-worthy. I, too felt the same when it was Bush – who I think was more natural and human. I’ve never watched WHCD since the Bush “looking for WMDs under tables and desks” bit.

  8. votermom says:

    I think of it as prison guard humor – you know, the nasty jokes the abusive prison guard cracks as he’s beating the crap out of you…

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    They could cancel this thing and use the money to help our Veterans. 🙂

  10. helenk3 says:

    this is quite an article makes you stop and think

  11. The Klown says:

    If you didn’t watch the Obama clip, here is what you missed:

    Face it, Dems. Obama doesn’t do humor – at least the kind of self-deprecating humor that presidents like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were famous for.

    Obama’s humor is mean-spirited. His zingers aimed at others feel like twisting the knife rather than a good-natured nudge. While there is always some measure of exaggeration when it comes to zinging an opponent, Obama’s premise is usually false to begin with. This makes his humor self-serving and decidedly unfunny.

    Here, in my opinion, are the top 5 least funny jokes told by President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night.

    1. I admit it — last year was rough. Sheesh. [Laughter] At one point, things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize. [Laughter]

    Politicians are a fair target. But the American people? Sheesh!

    2. Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters. But that’s OK. Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight, and he gave me some great tips on how to handle it. Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that! I am the best president in the game! What do you think, Richard, was that good? [Laughter] A little more feeling next time. [Laughter]


    3. Anyway, while you guys focus on the horse race, I’m going to do what I do. I will be focused on everyday Americans. Just yesterday I read a heartbreaking letter. I get letters from folks around the country every day. I get 10 that I read. This one got me. A Virginia man who’s been stuck in the same part-time job for years. No respect from his boss. There was no chance to get ahead. I really wish Eric Cantor would stop writing me. You can just pick up the phone, Eric. [Laughter] [applause]

    See what I mean about “mean-spirited”?

    4. There is one thing that keeps Republicans busy. They have tried more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare. Despite that, 8 million people signed up for healthcare in the first open enrollment. [Applause] Which does lead one to ask, how well does Obamacare have to work before you don’t want to repeal it? What if everyone’s cholesterol drops to 120? What if your yearly checkup came with tickets to a Clippers’ game? Not the old Donald Sterling Clippers, the new Oprah Clippers. What if it gave Mitch McConnell a pulse? What is it going to take?

    This is just bizarre. Note the absence of laughter — even from liberals.

    5. You would think they would appreciate a more assertive approach, considering that the new conservative darling is non other than Vladimir Putin. Last year, Pat Buchanan said Putin’s headed straight for the Nobel Peace Prize. He said this. Now I know it sounds crazy but to be fair they give those to just about anybody these days. It could happen. [Laughter] [applause]

    But it’s not just Pat, Rudy Giuliani said, “Putin is what you would call a leader. Mike Huckabee and Shawn Hannity keep talking about his bare chest, which is kind of weird. [Laughter] [applause] Look it up. They talk about it a lot. [Laughter]

    What would an Obama speech be — even one that purports to be funny — without a gross exaggeration directed against his opponents? The exaggeration is not done for humor. It’s done to injure.

    No, Putin is not the “new conservative darling.” He has come in for withering criticism from the vast majority of the right. What conservatives — and some liberals — have been pointing out is that Obama suffers by comparison with Putin when it comes to leadership ability. Putin is dominating the crisis in Ukraine — no one disputes this. At this point, Obama isn’t even in the game.

    To point out Obama’s deficiencies in leadership when it comes to every major crisis around the world is perfectly legitimate and is a viewpoint shared by many experts from both sides of the aisle. Instead of skewering conservatives, Obama would have done better to make fun of his own inadequacies than create a straw man about conservative support for Putin.

    • lyn says:

      Obama is The Best Dick Ever.

    • The Klown says:

      NBC didn’t like Joel McHale:

      Here are his most notable eight low blows:

      1) I’m a big fan of President Obama. I think he’s one of the all-time great presidents, definitely in the top 50. Please explain that to Jessica Simpson.

      2) Look, I know it’s been a long night. But I promise that tonight will be both amusing and over quickly, just like Chris Christie’s presidential bid. I got a lot of these tonight, so buckle up Gov. Christie. Excuse me, extender-buckle up.

      3) The vice president isn’t here tonight. Not for security reasons. He just thought this event was being held at the Dulles Airport Applebee’s. Yes, right now, Joe is elbow-deep in jalapeño poppers and talking to a construction cone he thinks is John Boehner. Um, it’s crazy to think that Joe Biden is only one heartbeat away from no one taking him seriously as president. Biden will likely be running for president in 2016 saying, “There is no obvious reason not to.” He talks about his motivation for a presidential run as if he’s deciding to finish a meatball hoagie. “Hey, it’s there, isn’t it? Look, all I’m saying is if the bread is toasty and the cheese is warm, I’m going to finish that thing. Jill, bring me my hoagie bib. No, not that one. The fancy one.”

      4) Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea, is pregnant, which means in nine months we will officially have a sequel to “Bad Grandpa.” It also raises the question: When the baby is born, do you give Bill Clinton a cigar?

      5) Jeb Bush says he’s thinking about running. Wow, another Bush might be in the White House. Is it already time for our every 10 years surprise party for Iraq?

      6) And CNN is desperately searching for something they’ve been missing for months—their dignity. At this point, CNN is like the Radio Shack at a sad strip mall. You don’t know how it stayed in business this long, you don’t know anyone who shops there. And they just fired Piers Morgan.

      7) I’m not going to spoil the shocking twist on “House of Cards,” but just know that it was so surprising that Nancy Pelosi’s face almost changed expression. Did you like that one, Nancy? I can’t tell.

      8) What’s our biggest concern as Americans? TV show spoilers! In other countries a spoiler consists of, “Hey, I haven’t been back to the village yet, so don’t tell me who survived the drone strike. No spoilers!”

      • Somebody says:

        Well crap somehow my other comment didn’t nest correctly it should have been under the part about Obama.

        I didn’t care for very much of the McHale routine. I thought he was quite a bit nastier than Obama, which is saying a lot. I will say he jabbed at both sides, although he jabbed more at the R’s especially Christie. The audience was shocked at some of his jokes so I don’t think it’s just us.

        • swanspirit says:

          What I will say for Joel McHale, is that #1 . He is way taller than I thought , he doesn’t look 6’4″ on TV ; and most of his humor on The Soup . is “nasty” . He goes after people the same way he did last night and he absolutely goes for the groaners of the jokes , so while the nerds might have been upset , he was pretty typical of what he usually does . I did think the Christie jokes were low blows .

      • 1539days says:

        Wow. Doesn’t McHale have a show on NBC?

    • Somebody says:

      I thought the Obama part about how not to start a sentence was funny no matter which side of the aisle you’re from. That one didn’t make your list so I presume you didn’t like it.

      I thought he would have been better to have ended the whole Putin thing with the nobel prize joke, which I took to be a self-deprecating moment. It’s true he didn’t have much in the way of self-deprecation. The part about his tag line going from yes we can, to control alt delete somewhat qualifies as did the closing with Sebelius coming in to “fix” the messed up feed.

      I didn’t find the part about Cantor to be too mean spirited. The whole part about obamacare and what if this and that was bizarre and not funny.

  12. helenk3 says:

    since last night was mostly a family reunion did they play this song/

  13. The Klown says:

    MLB Star Wars Day:

  14. elliesmom says:

    A few years ago we were given tickets to see George Carlin perform. He came out dressed in his usual black turtleneck carrying a yellow legal pad. A few minutes into his performance it became clear he needed notes to remember his jokes. About halfway through the evening he went on a rant about stupid people killing themselves through overeating. It got nasty when he started picking on an overweight, but not outside of normal size, woman sitting in the second row. When she had enough, she stood up and did a number on him about stupid people who “addle” their brains by drinking and injecting themselves with illegal drugs. The audience gave her a round of applause, and when she walked out, half the audience went with her. He couldn’t’t get his act back together. After a few minutes the whole group “retired” to the lawn. The venue offered all of us discounted tickets to another show, but most declined. No matter how famous you are, there’s still a line you don’t get to cross.

    • The Klown says:

      the problem with always trying to be edgy is sometimes you go over. Sometimes comics pick small, unrecorded venues to test new material. When the new material bombs . . .

      • The Klown says:

        Very few comics aren’t spontaneously funny. They work on jokes during their off-time between shows. Famous comics (especially those with TV shows) have teams of writers.

    • 1539days says:

      Carlin died almost 6 years ago. I imagine he was starting to lose it even before then.

      • elliesmom says:

        The night we saw him was about a year before he died. It was pathetic. Someone should have told him it was time to retire. But my point was that “mean spirited” has its limits.

    • Somebody says:

      Wow I can’t believe that Elliesmom. That must have been really uncomfortable for everyone there. Good for the woman for standing up for herself and kudos to the audience for standing by her!

  15. The Klown says:
    • lyn says:

      Helping Obama’s sorry ass win re-election, Hillary and Bill chose party over country, and I have no respect for them.

  16. Jadzia says:

    A bit OT but what the heck. Europe’s love affair with Obama maaayyyy be cooling off a little bit. I was in a city (CHOIR OF ANGELS SINGING!!!!) looking at a house the other day. It took for-evvvvv-er because my husband was pouring on the charm, because we really want this particular house. Anyway, the lady who was showing it to us, a pretty stereotypically sophisticated French city dweller, decided that she wanted to talk about politics, and announced to us that from here, it really looks like Obama is “as bad as Hollande”(*), but that she sure loves her some Hillary. LOL.

    (*)Who is v.v. unpopular right now.

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