It hasn’t been a good year for Michelle Wolf, the helium-voiced comedian who succeeded in turning a roast into a mud-slinging hate-fest at last year’s White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) dinner. Wolf, who could easily pass as Carrot Top’s less-funny little sister, kissed her short-lived Netflix show goodbye in August after just one season.
President Donald Trump, whose staff and family have frequently been the subject of Wolf’s disgraceful commentary, didn’t shed a tear after learning that the comedian wouldn’t be performing at next year’s correspondents dinner. Trump called the decision to ban the classless controversialist a “good first step in [the] comeback of a dying evening and tradition.”
The president even suggested that he may attend this year’s event after the WHCA announced that they would feature a keynote speaker from outside the stand-up comedy world. “Maybe I’ll go?” he said.
So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
Unwilling to give Trump the last laugh, Wolf responded in kind to the president’s tweet. Like much of her un-nuanced comedy, however, she answered by delivering a measly one-liner:
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018
Oh, no she didn’t!
Wolf’s schoolyard taunt was aimed at shaming Trump for not attacking the Saudi royal family after the murder of a Washington Post reporter and Muslim Brotherhood patron Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi government in October. “I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia,” Trump said on Friday.
The Trump-Wolf spat began at the 2018 WHCA dinner, an annual event that Trump has so far avoided. In previous administrations, the dinner has taken on the qualities of a pseudo-roast, where the commander-in-chief endures a respectful ribbing. Traditionally, keynote speakers have only dished out what they can take in return for the president.
This was not the case with Wolf, who excoriated White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, describing her as the forlorn and oppressive Aunt Lydia from the liberal dystopia series A Handmaid’s Tale. “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf said. “Like, she burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies,” she finished.
WHCA officials were not impressed. “The entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission,” said Margaret Talev, the organization’s president at the time.
Instead of another liberal flamethrower, the WHCA has opted for a speaker worthy of the setting and occasion. WHCA organizers have selected historian and Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, the inspiration behind the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!
Wolf didn’t take the news in good spirits. “The @whca are cowards,” she tweeted, adding, “The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”
Fresh off of the negative publicity from her 2018 WHCA appearance, Netflix hoped to cash in on Wolf’s anti-Trump appeal by rewarding her with her own one-woman weekly show. Unfortunately for Netflix, Wolf’s militant feminism and extremist rhetoric failed to garner laughs.
Apparently, insulting half of the U.S. population with crudely demeaning, partisan attacks is a recipe for disaster. Who knew that abortion jokes could be so off-putting?
With any luck, Wolf will either disappear into the liberal ether, or return to her mud-slinging roots as a later-than-late-night talk show writer. All of the trademarks of Wolf’s cringeworthy persona could be discerned coming through the ultra late-hour commentary of “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, who previously employed Wolf as a writing supervisor.
Instead of treating his sleepy viewers to the traditional ten-minute prologue of topical stand-up comedy to open his show, Meyer’s program gradually devolved into an hysterically obsessed half-hour block of exclusively Trump-hating monologue — night after predictable night. Wolf fit right in with this cast of liberal arch-villains.
Wolf’s failed Netflix weekly was called The Break with Michelle Wolf. Thanks to the program’s persistent lack of viewership and a wise decision from the WHCA, Americans will be treated to a break from Michelle Wolf — and with any luck it will be an extended intermission of the permanent variety.