Michelle Wolf Being Criticized For Doing Her Job
According to the NY Post, the White House Correspondents’ Association has spoken out against Comedian Michelle Wolf's performance at their dinner. WHCA President Margaret Talev had this to say:
Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people, Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.
POTUS Donald Trump tweeted this:
Trump blasts anyone who makes a joke about him, so this, to me, is not even worth discussing. As for the White House Correspondents Association, get bent. You hired her, stand by your decision, and have the stones to back her up. She's a comedian. She showed up and said funny things. Michelle Wolf did her job.
I have some advice for anyone planning an event for the first time. DON'T HIRE A COMEDIAN unless you are planning a comedy night. I am telling you this from first-hand personal experience, also from second and third hand experience. If you are planning an event that has a "spirit" or a "mission" like the WHCA claims to have, a comedian is not the way to go.
Back when I was doing stand up, I was hired a few times for what I call "out of context" comedy gigs. At best, they go OK, and at worst, people are furious. You are exposing people to a comedy club atmosphere that may have no interest in going to a comedy club. I've also had comedian friends tell me horror stories about these type gigs.
Here is the performance in question:
To add some context to what I'm saying, here is comedian Mike Birbiglia discussing "out of context" comedy gigs:
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