Walking up to this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Comedy Central late-night host Larry Wilmore today promised the gang on CBS This Morning, “90% of it is CBS jokes and after that what’s left – okay, Obama.”
Addressing the morning show panel – including Josh Elliot making his CBSTM debut, filling in for Norah O’Donnell – Wilmore acknowledged he is a big Obama supporter, “but remember, I only supported him because he’s black. I can attack his positions all I want.”
Sadly, Donald Trump has said he will not attend this year’s Washington nerd prom, despite being invited by many media outlets to be their guest, because the media is “dishonest” and would describe him as being “miserable” at the event when he was having a “good time” being on the receiving end of jokes made by Wilmore and President Obama.
Larry Wilmore To Host White House Correspondents' Dinner
(At the 2011 clambake, Obama said of then-Celebrity-Apprentice-star Trump, who was in the audience, “no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, ‘Did we fake the moon landing?’ ‘What really happened in Roswell?’ and, ‘Where are Biggie and Tupac?’” Obama also commended Trump for his work on the NBC reality series, saying “at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled.”)
Asked this morning about Trump’s camp saying he has been playing a character on the campaign trail, and will now pivot to be more presidential, Wilmore snarked: “He wants to be a substantive fool. Donald Trump not that good of an actor.”
Trump’s candidacy “is great for comedians. The whole Trump fiasco writes itself. He’s so funny and unusual it’s almost impossible to write jokes funnier than the real thing. It’s like when Tina Fey did Sarah Palin and all she would do is say the actual things [Palin] said. You couldn’t write anything that was funnier.”
Wilmore insisted the media and politicians in the audience expect and like to be roasted, calling it “a weird type of group masochism.”
Which is pretty rich, given that Wilmore’s appearance marks the first time a Comedy Central late-night star has been featured entertainer since 2006 when Stephen Colbert torched the place and Washington tsk-tsked for days (though, last year, then-Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key made a guest appearance as Obama’s “anger translator” which was very well received.)
Announcing Wilmore as this year’s host, the WHCA’s president insisted, “Larry’s edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he’s certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don’t expect the nation’s news media to escape unscathed, either.”
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