It’s a toss-up whether the Washington Hilton Ballroom was a harder room for a comedian to play than the Dolby Theater on Oscar night. Joel McHale received jeers for going blue in his introduction at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight, exclaiming, “I host a show called The Soup which is on the E! network. To Republicans in attendance, E! is the channel that your deeply closeted gay son likes to watch. Democrats, it’s the same channel that your happy, openly gay son likes to watch. It’s also home to the Kardashians, who, believe it or not, are Republicans. And I know that because they’re always trying to screw black people.” Then McHale took a potshot at legendary actor Robert De Niro — something that former Oscar host Chris Rock learned, when he made fun of Jude Law, is a total no-no in a roomful of showbiz types. Quipped McHale, “I don’t do a De Niro impression, but I do one of Robert De Niro’s agent. Here it is: (ring ring), ‘He’ll do it!’ Mr. De Niro I was in Spy Kids 4, so clearly I’m beyond reproach. So, I will see you on the set of Spy Kids 5.” Take a look:
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.