Correspondents’ dinner entertainer Wolf: A ‘waste’ to only bash President Trump
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Michelle Wolf says it would be a “waste” to turn her comedy set as the headliner at the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner into a nonstop bashing of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE.

“I think it’s fair game to go after him as much as you want,” Wolf tells ITK. “I also think there’s so much happening, and so many people to make fun of, that it would kind of be a waste to only go after him.”

“Especially in late-night right now, there’s so much comedy about him. It’s kind of refreshing to hear about the other terrible things,” she adds with a chuckle.

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Trump won’t be in the room when Wolf, a comedian and “Daily Show” alum, takes the stage on April 28 at the Washington Hilton.


The commander in chief, who’s called the “fake news media” the “enemy of the people,” is bucking tradition for the second year in a row and skipping the correspondents’ dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships.

“I think you just have to try to hit everyone,” Wolf says of her plan for D.C.’s Nerd Prom. “I kind of think of it a little bit as a ‘South Park’ approach, where it’s like if you offend everyone, you offend no one.”

Wolf says nothing and no one is off-limits.

“If you have a good enough joke, you have a good enough joke.”

Taking the comedic reins at the journalist-, lawmaker- and celeb-filled dinner is known for being one of the trickiest gigs in the nation’s capital.

While she calls the event a “fun challenge,” Wolf says the black-tie event is “kind of a stand-up’s nightmare.”

“It’s a huge ballroom and circular tables. People are dressed up, which makes them less comfortable to laugh,” says Wolf, who’s never attended the fête. 

“They’re on screen, so they don’t want to necessarily get caught laughing at the wrong time,” she says of the dinner, which is broadcast on C-SPAN.

Comedians from Jon Stewart to Jimmy Kimmel to Wanda Sykes have performed at the dinner, with varying degrees of success.

Wolf says she’s chatted with past WHCA dinner veterans, including “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, 2011’s headliner, and last year’s performer, Hasan Minhaj. Stephen Colbert left a message for her after she was announced as the featured act in February.

“There’s a lot of people who have done it and a lot of comedians I really respect, so I kind of just want to do it justice. People I grew up watching and personal heroes of mine and mentors, I want to be worthy of being in the same category,” says Wolf.

So what is Wolf — who just signed a deal for a weekly Netflix talk show, "The Break," that’s poised to premiere on May 27 — most looking forward to about Washington’s biggest social event of the season?

“It being over,” she replies with a laugh.

She doesn’t expect Trump to watch, but the comedy pro might not even find out if the president weighs in on Twitter about her performance.

Wolf’s plan after she delivers her one-liners, she quips, is to “have a cocktail and not check social media ever again.”