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Michelle Wolf to host Netflix show after takedown of Trump at WHCD

Comedienne Michelle Wolf will host her own half-hour talk show on Netflix. 

The Break with Michelle Wolf, a weekly variety/sketch series, premieres on Sunday, May 27 on the streaming service. 

Wolf, who has spent the last four years working as a writer-contributor on Late Night with Seth Meyers, roasted President Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night. 

She also savagely attacked some of the president’s top staff in attendance, including White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Netflix released the first trailer of Wolf’s new show on the same day as the Correspondents’ dinner.  

Comedienne Michelle Wolf (pictured in the trailer) will host her own half-hour talk show on Netflix. The Break with Michelle Wolf, a weekly variety/sketch series, premieres on Sunday, May 27 on the streaming service

Netflix released the first trailer of Wolf's new show on the same day as the Correspondents' dinner 

Netflix released the first trailer of Wolf’s new show on the same day as the Correspondents’ dinner 

Wolf, who has spent the last four years working as a writer-contributor on Late Night with Seth Meyers, roasted President Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday night 

Wolf, who has spent the last four years working as a writer-contributor on Late Night with Seth Meyers, roasted President Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night 

According to Netflix, the show ‘will take a break from the seriousness of late night comedy’. 

‘Instead of making the news fun, she’ll make fun of everything and everybody. There will be no preaching or political agenda… unless it’s funny,’ the company said in a press release. 

When asked about her show, Wolf said: ‘You can expect the types of jokes my former bosses would tell me we couldn’t do on TV.’

‘We’re thrilled to be working with Michelle, a gifted writer and performer with a singular voice,’ said Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content, Netflix.

Wolf will also executive produce through her Cats in Pants banner alongside Daniel Bodansky who will also serve as an executive producer. 

The comedienne hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday night at the Washington Hilton.

And though she took aim at the president, Trump was nowhere in sight. Instead, he held a campaign-style rally in Michigan, making the dinner the second in a row that he has not attended.   

Wolf’s routine was raunchy and controversial at times, including one joke about abortion that visibly unsettled the crowd. She also made uncomfortable personal attacks on White House staffers who were present. 

‘It’s 2018 and I am a woman so you cannot shut me up. Unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000,’ said Wolf, referencing the Stormy Daniels controversy. 

Groans were heard as Wolf directed harsh jokes at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Groans were heard as Wolf directed harsh jokes at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, sitting feet away

‘You can find me on Venmo under my porn star name: Reince Priebus,’ she added, receiving a thumbs up from the former White House chief-of-staff in the audience. 

Priebus later tweeted that the performance was ‘an R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon’.

Wolf also addressed Trump’s absence head on. ‘I would drag him here myself, but it turns out that the president of the United States is the one p***y you’re not allowed to grab,’ said Wolf.

The room grew quiet and groans were heard as Wolf directed harsh jokes at Sanders, who was sitting just feet away, including attacks on her appearance.

‘I have to say I’m a little starstruck, I loved you as Aunt Lydia in A Handmaid’s Tale. Mike Pence, if you haven’t seen it you would love it,’ said Wolf, turning to Sanders, who had been graciously thanked for her work earlier in the evening by White House Correspondents’ Association President Margaret Talev. 

‘I like Sarah, I think she’s really resourceful. She burns facts and uses the ash to create a perfect smokey eye,’ the comedian added. ‘Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies.’

‘I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Aunt Huckabee Sanders?’ Wolf said, continuing, ‘What’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Ah I know, Aunt Coulter.’

'I like Sarah, I think she's really resourceful. She burns facts and uses the ash to create a perfect smokey eye,' said Wolf

‘I like Sarah, I think she’s really resourceful. She burns facts and uses the ash to create a perfect smokey eye,’ said Wolf

Sanders

Aunt Lydia

Wolf compared Sanders (left) to Aunt Lydia (right), a character from A Handmaid’s Tale. In the show, the Aunts are a class of women assigned to indoctrinate Handmaids with the beliefs of the new society and make them accept their fates

Former Trump aide Sean Spicer offered harsh reviews of Wolf's performance

Former Trump aide Sean Spicer offered harsh reviews of Wolf’s performance

Anthony Scaramucci also called Wolf a role model 'for handling nonsense and snark'

Anthony Scaramucci also called Wolf a role model ‘for handling nonsense and snark’

Michelle Wolf’s most biting barbs from the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

Michelle Wolf’s routine for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April at the Washington Hilton was raunchy and controversial at times.

It including one joke about abortion that visibly unsettled the crowd, and uncomfortable personal attacks on White House staffers present.

Here are some of the highlights: 

ON PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

‘Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with a Trump, let’s get it over with,’ Wolf said to open the act. ‘You know he’s not any good.’

‘It’s 2018 and I am a woman so you cannot shut me up. Unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000,’ said Wolf, referencing the Stormy Daniels controversy. ‘You can find me on Venmo under my porn star name: Reince Priebus.’

Wolf also addressed Trump’s absence head on: ‘I would drag him here myself, but it turns out that the president of the United States is the one p***y you’re not allowed to grab.’

On Trump pulling out of the Paris climate accord, she said: ‘He said he was going to pull out and he did, and that’s a refreshing quality in a guy.’  

‘You might be rich in Idaho but in New York you’re just doing fine,’ she said. 

Using call and response from the audience, Wolf shouted ‘Trump is so broke’, to which the audience responded ‘how broke is he?’

Among her responses were: ‘He has to fly failed business class’; ‘He looked for foreign oil in Don Jr’s hair’; ‘Southwest used him as one of their engines’; and ‘He had to borrow money from the Russians and now he’s compromised.’

‘Trump is racist. He loves white nationalists, which is a funny term for a Nazi, it’s like calling a pedophile a kid-friend or Harvey Weinstein a lady’s man.’ 

And finally: ‘He grabs p**sies because he thinks there might be loose change in them.’

ON VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE

‘Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn’t gay. Mike Pence is the kind of guy who brushes his teeth and then drinks orange juice and thinks, Mmm,’ said Wolf.

‘He thinks abortion is murder. Which first of all don’t knock it til you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it, you gotta get that baby out of there.’ 

ON SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS AND KELLYANNE CONWAY

The room grew quiet and groans were heard as Wolf directed harsh jokes at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was sitting just feet away, including attacks on her appearance.

‘I have to say I’m a little starstruck, I loved you as Aunt Lydia in A Handmaid’s Tale. Mike Pence, if you haven’t seen it you would love it,’ said Wolf, turning to Sanders.

‘Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get. A press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams. [in deep voice] “It’s shirts and skins and this time don’t be such a little b***h Jim Acosta.”‘

‘I like Sarah, I think she’s really resourceful. She burns facts and uses the ash to create a perfect smokey eye,’ the comedian added. ‘Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.’

‘I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Aunt Huckabee Sanders?’ Wolf said, continuing, ‘What’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Ah I Know, Aunt Coulter.’

Wolf also took shots at counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. ‘Man, she has the perfect name for what she does. Conway. It’s like if my last name was tells-jokes-frizzy-hair-small-t*ts.’

Ivanka Trump also came under fire: ‘Ivanka, she was supposed to be an advocate for women but she is about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons.’ Wolf also compared the president’s daughter to a ‘diaper genie’, saying she ‘Looks sleek on the outside, but inside is full of s**t.’

ON CONGRESS

‘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, we should get right get along.’ 

‘Mitch McConnell isn’t here tonight, he had a prior engagement. He’s finally getting his neck circumcised.’

‘Paul Ryan couldn’t make it, of course he’s already been circumcised. Unfortunately while they were down there they also took his balls.’

ON THE MEDIA 

‘I known there’s a lot of people who want me to talk about Russia, and Putin, and collusion, but I’m not gonna do that because there’s also a lot of liberal media here, and I’ve never really wanted to know what any of you look like when you orgasm. Except maybe for you, Jake Tapper. I bet it’s something like this [blank face] “Ok, that’s all the time we have.”‘

‘CNN, you guys love breaking news. And you did it, you broke it.’

‘Fox News is here so you know what that means, ladies: cover your drinks.’

‘We’ve got MSNBC here. MSNBC’s new slogan is ‘This Is Who We Are’, guys that is not a good slogan.’

‘We cannot forget about Rachel Maddow, she’s the Peter Pan of MSNBC. But instead of never growing up she never gets to the point. Watching Rachel Maddow is like going to Target. You went in for milk but you left with shampoo, candles and the entire history of the Byzantine Empire.’ 

‘What would I do without Megyn Kelly? Probably be more proud of women.’ 

‘I watch Morning Joe every morning. Now we know Mika and Joe are engaged, it’s like when a MeToo works out.’ 

Wolf also took shots at counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. ‘Man, she has the perfect name for what she does. Conway. It’s like if my last name was tells-jokes-frizzy-hair-small-tits.’

Ivanka Trump also came under fire: ‘Ivanka, she was supposed to be an advocate for women but she is about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons.’

Wolf also compared the president’s daughter to a ‘diaper genie’, saying she ‘Looks sleek on the outside, but inside is full of s**t.’ 

One of the evening’s most shocking moments came while Wolf was attacking Vice President Mike Pence, and joked about abortion. 

‘Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn’t gay. Mike Pence is the kind of guy who brushes his teeth and then drinks orange juice and thinks, Mmm,’ said Wolf.

‘He thinks abortion is murder. Which first of all don’t knock it til you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it, you gotta get that baby out of there.’

Wolf said she had decided to attack Trump on the basis of his finances, saying that when it comes to racism, xenophobia, incompetence or impotence ‘he’s heard all of those and he doesn’t care.’

‘You might be rich in Idaho but in New York you’re just doing fine,’ she said.

Reince Priebus tweeted that the performance was 'an R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon'

Reince Priebus tweeted that the performance was ‘an R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon’

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny also thought the performance was in bad taste

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny also thought the performance was in bad taste

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway reacts after Wolf said her last name was 'perfect' for her job

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway reacts after Wolf said her last name was ‘perfect’ for her job

A view of the venue during the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday night

A view of the venue during the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday night

The crowd of 3,000 included the Washington DC journalism elite rubbing shoulders with the rich and powerful at the dinner

The crowd of 3,000 included the Washington DC journalism elite rubbing shoulders with the rich and powerful at the dinner

Using call and response from the audience, she shouted ‘Trump is so broke’, to which the audience responded ‘how broke is he?’

Among her responses were: ‘He has to fly failed business class’; ‘He looked for foreign oil in Don Jr’s hair’; ‘Southwest used him as one of their engines’; and ‘He had to borrow money from the Russians and now he’s compromised.’

Wolf promised however that she wouldn’t dwell too much on jokes about Russia, since there were many members of the ‘liberal media’ present. ‘I wouldn’t want to see what you look like when you orgasm,’ she noted. 

Wolf is just the fifth woman to host the annual dinner since the tradition of having comedians perform began in 1983. 

Before Wolf delivered the keynote she said she wished Trump had come to the event.

‘I like making fun of people to their face… more than behind their backs, so it would have been more fun’ if Trump were in the audience, Wolf told CBS’ ‘This Morning Saturday.’

‘None of my jokes changed. It’s just nicer to make fun of them when they’re there. I think it’s cowardly not to go.’

Before Wolf spoke, House Sepaker Paul Ryan performed in a video skit about seeking a new job after he retires from Congress at the end of his term. It was poorly received online. 

The Washington dinner known as 'nerd prom', which once attracted Oscar winners and buzzed-about stars, comes as Trump routinely slams reporters as dishonest and their work as 'fake news'

The Washington dinner known as ‘nerd prom’, which once attracted Oscar winners and buzzed-about stars, comes as Trump routinely slams reporters as dishonest and their work as ‘fake news’

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Conway (left) and Sanders (right with husband Bryan) were among the current White House staffers in attendance – a major shift from last year when none attended

Sean Spicer

Former Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault-Newman arrives in style at the WHCA dinner

Former Trump aides Sean Spicer and Omarosa Manigault-Newman attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner

Sally Priebus (L) and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus

Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn (L) and former White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (left) and Trump’s former chief economic advisor Gary Cohn (right) both attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner with their wives Sally and Lisa respectively

Unlike last year’s event, some of the top current White House staff were in attendance this year, signalling a possible thaw in Trump’s often contentious relationship with the press. They included Sanders and Conway.

Ex-White House staffers were also in abundance at the event, including former Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault-Newman, ousted Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. 

The DC journalism elite was also out in force, of course, including CNN personalities Jake Tapper and Don Lemon.

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who created uproar last year by posing with a fake severed Trump head, also made an appearance on the red carpet, as did outspoken anti-gun activist David Hogg. 

‘The president encouraged his staff to attend and so we did, we felt like it was important,’ said Sanders in a red carpet interview with CNN. ‘It’s gonna be a great night both here and in Michigan.’

As Sanders spoke next to Conway, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti photobombed the pair, lurking over Conway’s shoulder with a grin.

Moments later Avenatti spoke to the network, blasting Trump for failing to attend.

‘I think it’s entirely disrespectful, I think it’s disrespectful to the First Amendment,’ said Avenatti, who is representing Daniels in her suit against Trump attempting to invalidate a hush agreement, in which the porn star says she was paid $130,000 to remain silent about a 2006 one-night-stand with Trump.

Comedienne Kathy Griffin attends the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton

Kathy Griffin

Comedienne Kathy Griffin attends the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Washington Hilton

Anti-gun rights activist David Hogg (right) appeared on the red carpet with his companion Scion Kelly (left)

Anti-gun rights activist David Hogg (right) appeared on the red carpet with his companion Scion Kelly (left)

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti (far right) photobombed  Conway and Sanders on CNN

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti (far right) photobombed Conway and Sanders on CNN

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti

CNN host Don Lemon (left) with his boyfriend Tim Malone

Michael Avenatti (left) made an appearance, as did CNN host Don Lemon, seen right with his boyfriend Tim Malone

‘If you can’t laugh at yourself, you have no business being in the position,’ Avenatti said of Trump. 

Trump’s former chief of staff Priebus gave his own CNN interview on the red carpet, predicting the president might even attend next year’s dinner.

‘I think there might be a little bit of a thaw occurring in the West Wing and maybe next year the President’s going to be here,’ said Priebus. 

The Washington dinner known as ‘nerd prom’, which once attracted Oscar winners and buzzed-about stars, came as Trump routinely slams reporters as dishonest and their work as ‘fake news.’  

On Saturday night, Trump was in an entirely different Washington from the Correspondents’ dinner – Washington Township, Michigan.

Trump posted on Facebook this past week that he would hold a Saturday evening rally in Michigan with his ‘favorite deplorables’ – a term that Democrat Hillary Clinton used in 2016 to describe some of Trump’s campaign supporters.  

Trump boards Air Force One on Saturday night headed for a rally in Michigan. It is the second year in a row he has declined to attend the WHCA dinner

Trump boards Air Force One on Saturday night headed for a rally in Michigan. It is the second year in a row he has declined to attend the WHCA dinner

Trump speaks during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on Saturday night, instead of attending the dinner

Trump speaks during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on Saturday night, instead of attending the dinner

Trump's supporters packed into the arena in Washington Township - a far cry from the elite gathering in Washington DC

Trump’s supporters packed into the arena in Washington Township – a far cry from the elite gathering in Washington DC

Trump’s aides skipped last year’s dinner, when some accompanied Trump to a rally in Pennsylvania where he celebrated his 100th day in office. 

This year, however, even with Trump out of town, many White House aides hobnobed with the journalists who cover them.

In 2017, Trump became the first president to skip the event since Ronald Reagan in 1981; Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt. 

He spoke to a large crowd in Total Sports Park in a campaign style rally. 

‘Is this better than that phony White House Correspondents Dinner,’ Trump asked the roaring crowed during his speech. 

‘I could be up there tonight smiling like I love when they’re hitting you, shot after shot. These people, they hate your guts.’



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