WASHINGTON — ‘‘Should have done more research before you got me to do this,’’ comedian Michelle Wolf told the audience, right after telling a joke about whether the famous ‘‘p---- hat’’ from the Women’s March was anatomically accurate.
Wolf’s speech at the White House correspondents’ dinner didn’t seem to win over the room of some of Washington’s best-known journalists, politicians and a slightly less celebrity-filled roster of guests. Online, the reaction was — surprise — divided. Some said that losing the love of a room of D.C. elites was proof that Wolf was hitting on something true.
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s attorney, said he thought Wolf was ‘‘really funny.’’ And Rob Reiner, a guest of McClatchy, said he sensed in the room that it wasn’t going over well but that he believed ‘‘she spoke the truth.’’
Meanwhile, conservatives reacted with outrage to Wolf’s humor before her routine had wrapped up, particularly her jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway.
One critique about those jokes came from a journalist who won an award earlier in the dinner, and Wolf responded:
‘‘That @PressSecsat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive,’’ tweeted Maggie Haberman of the New York Times.
Wolf tweeted back: ‘‘Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?’’
On Sunday, President Donald Trump chimed in, calling Wolf a ‘‘so-called comedian’’ who ‘‘bombed.’’
Below are some of Wolf’s harshest jokes from the evening:
- On Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
‘‘I have to say I’m a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Mike Pence, if you haven’t seen it, you would love it.
‘‘Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited, because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get. You know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. ‘It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little b----, Jim Acosta!’’’
‘‘I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. 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.’’
‘‘And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? What’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter.’’