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Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t too bad at the White House Correspondents Dinner, I thought. Okay, some of the material didn’t work but the sum of the parts hardly constituted a “flatline,” as Deadline‘s Dominic Patten described it. President Obama, less but far from anyone’s idea of a wipe-out.



  • Travis Actiontree

    I tell ya… you JUST CAN’T make jokes about Obama. He’s simply TOO AWESOME! Am I right, people? Who’s with me?

    BTW, did you all hear about how Mitt Romney tied his dog to the roof of his car a few years ago? What’s the deal with THAT?! Helloooo!

  • nakedman

    Geez, so sensitive, Travis.

    And he did make fun of Obama. A lot.

  • scooterzz

    a few clunkers, perhaps, but hardly a ‘flatline’….pretty good work…

  • Jeffrey Wells

    My favorite Kimmel/Obama joke was about the venue for the dinner, which happened last night at the Hilton: “Obama wanted the dinner to happen at the Kennedy Center but the Republicans wanted the Hilton, so they negotiated and came up with a compromise and here we are at the Hilton”…more or less, words to that effect.

  • Hollis Mulwray

    Kimmel’s set was much too long. Too many flat jokes that wouldn’t pass muster for his nightly show. Still did a good job – needed to be tightened. My favorite – The “delicious” joke about Palin and the pit bull. Michele had quite a reaction once the punchline sunk in.
    Obama was brillant. Charming, relaxed, and some of his material was edgily sardonic and biting. He didn’t get my vote last time and certainly wont in November – but he grabs an audience better than Clinton or Reagan. Too bad he is a better after-dinner speaker than Executive.

  • Movie Watcher

    He did a good job, the Hillary texting joke was funny, but we all know it will be discussed and criticized by Fox for the next few days.

  • BoulderKid

    Steven Colbert was so perfect for this. Conservatives are still totally hoodwinked by his faux persona so they can totally hang with his routine; and he’s one of the few performers who can rise above the derivative Caronesque monologueing that every other comedian seemingly does at these things.

    Although you know deep down, Obama wants a hard R Chris Rock performance.

  • Rev. Slappy

    Wasn’t Louis CK supposed to this but some Fox News cunt pissed him off and he declined?

  • Mr. F.

    “Steven Colbert was so perfect for this. Conservatives are still totally hoodwinked by his faux persona so they can totally hang with his routine…”

    Uh… as much as I love Colbert — did you watch the routine? Or more importantly, hear the absolute silence as he ragged on Bush? There was no hoodwinking going on there — the “hoodwinking” came when he agreed to host and play nice. It took about 30 seconds for that to go out the window. Most of the folks at the dinner were pretty shocked.

    Look, I thought it was brilliant and biting (and funny). But there was a reason they asked Rich Little — you know, edgy, topical, cutting-edge comic Rich Little — to host the year after.

  • Krillian

    Both did well. In fact, I’d rank Kimmel among the better performers recently. Kimmel was pretty even with his targets. Kimmel had some clunkers but he just sped right along to the next joke.

    Seriously, why is there an increase of men calling women the c-word around here?

  • Super Soul

    I couldn’t help but imagine a crowd led by Joe Morton storming in to interrupt this.

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    @Krillian: You’re right, can we just call Travis one instead?

  • Travis Actiontree

    “@Krillian: You’re right, can we just call Travis one instead?”

    Booyah!

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    Good comeback, Travis.

  • Gaydos

    The “flatline” designation seems completely off the mark but perfect to satisfy the needs of right wing Drudge that has put this front and center. Is there a political story here that needs telling? Why the pandering to the thugs on the right? Is it really all about traffic? Or a deeply held set of beliefs that have so far been unexamined?

  • Tas Laptop

    There was no hoodwinking going on there — the “hoodwinking” came when he agreed to host and play nice. It took about 30 seconds for that to go out the window. Most of the folks at the dinner were pretty shocked.

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