Michelle Wolf was heavily criticized for her searing comedic performance at the White House Correspondents’ dinner last month, but looking back on her jokes, she thinks she may have been ‘too nice.’
The 32-year-old star of The Break with Michelle Wolf opened the doors to her New York City TV studio for the latest installment of Vogue’s 73 Questions series, and interviewer Joe Sabia couldn’t help but ask the comedian about the infamous dinner.
While Michelle said the experience was ‘great,’ she suggested that she was actually holding back when it came to her controversial jokes that night.
Getting candid: Michelle Wolf, 32, opened the doors to her New York City TV studio for the latest installment of Vogue’s 73 Questions series
Looking back: The comedian said she was ‘maybe too nice’ during her searing comedic performance at the White House Correspondents’ dinner last month
No regrets: Michelle said she liked all of her jokes that night, but her ‘favorite ones’ were the ones she actually cut
‘I was maybe too nice,’ she said of her performance, which included scathing jabs about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and President Donald Trump.
Although journalists and politicians widely denounced the act as mean spirited and vulgar, Michelle doesn’t have any regrets.
‘I liked all of them,’ she said of her jokes, ‘but my favorites were the ones I actually cut — and now they’re in a vault.’
During the nearly nine-minute interview, Michelle recalled her first reaction to learning that the president wouldn’t be in attending the event for the second year in a row.
‘What a p***y,’ she said of Trump’s no-show.
Some political figures looked visibly uncomfortable while Michelle was roasting them that night, but the comedian insisted that telling jokes to people’s faces like that is ‘so much more fun.’
Lasting impression: Michelle was heavily criticized for her searing comedic performance at the White House Correspondents’ dinner (pictured)
Not holding back: When asked her first reaction to learning that President Donald Trump (pictured in file photo) was not attending the event, she said: ‘What a p***y’
‘You can feel them be mad,’ she said with a smile on her face.
When asked if she will ever perform at the White House Correspondents’ dinner again, she hit back: ‘Will anyone ever do it again?’
After posing a questions that has been on a lot of people’s minds following her controversial performance, Michelle said she was done talking about the dinner.
However, she did open up about her writing process for her new Netflix show The Break with Michelle Wolf.
‘You write as many jokes as you can, and then try to beat those jokes,’ she said of creating each episode.
According to Michelle, the secret to comedy is ‘honest, originality, and punchlines,’ and the perfect joke is ‘something you didn’t know you wanted to hear.’
Thoughtful answer: Michelle (pictured with her assistant) said the perfect joke is ‘something you didn’t know you wanted to hear’
Too cute: To Michelle, the funniest thing in the world is cats wearing pirate costumes
Fan club: ‘The other day I literally almost ran into Oprah like I turned a corner,’ she recounted in the video. ‘My head, her boobs — it was almost a whole thing.’
While reflecting on the nicest thing anyone has ever said about her, she recalled getting complimented by comedy legend David Letterman, calling it ‘super cool.’
However, the only critic she listens to is the one in her head, explaining that it is ‘way worse than anything anyone can say about me.’
Interestingly enough, the thing that is funniest in the world to Michelle is actually quite innocent.
‘I love those cats who wear pirate costumes,’ she admitted. ‘It makes it look like they’re walking on their legs with their arms flailing.’
Michelle also weighed in on her favorite places and cities to perform, calling the Comedy Cellar in New York City the best place to do stand-up.
When she’s not in New York City, she said she loves performing in San Francisco, Denver, and Madison.
Big break: The comedian proudly showed of the set of her new Netflix show The Break with Michelle Wolf
Honest: When asked where she would like to see American in five years, she said she’d like to see the country be ‘less racist’
‘Madison is so beautiful, but you’ve got to pace yourself on the cheese,’ she said.
When asked about the time she was most starstruck, she revealed she is a fan of Oprah and recently crossed paths with the media mogul.
‘The other day I literally almost ran into Oprah like I turned a corner,’ she recounted. ‘My head, her boobs — it was almost a whole thing.’
She also said she’d love to have a beer with Queen Elizabeth I, explaining: ‘Not only does she have red hair, she’s also always been single and she liked ruled the whole world.
‘She’s pretty amazing,’ she added.
Michelle insisted that her real-life persona and her stage personality are ‘pretty much the same,’ and she didn’t hold back when asked where she would like to see America in five years.
Candid: She also opened up about how it is ‘conflicting to be a woman. ‘Do you post a picture of your naked butt or do you become a scientist?’ she asked. ‘Can you do both of these things?
Hitting back: At the end of the clip, she was asked how she knows she has nailed a performance. ‘When Dennis Miller gives you notes about it,’ she replied
She admitted she’d like to see the country be ‘less racist,’ saying: ‘Come on guys, try like a little.’
The comedian went on to say that being an American today means ‘always having to say, “I am so sorry about that. So sorry.”‘
She also noted that it is ‘conflicting’ to be a woman in this day and age.
‘Do you post a picture of your naked butt or do you become a scientist?’ she asked. ‘Can you do both of these things? Are we even allowed to discuss this?’
Michelle even looked back on her time working on Wall Street, sharing her own metaphor working in finance circa 2008.
‘Yeah, it’s like being a violin player on the deck of the Titanic and then getting rescued by a Carnival Cruise ship that was paid for by tax payers,’ she said.
At the end of the clip, she was asked how she knows she has nailed a performance.
‘When Dennis Miller gives you notes about it,’ she joked, referencing the comedian’s criticism of her White House Correspondents’ dinner performance.