Larry Wilmore Pulls No Punches at WHCD: 'You Look Terrible, Mr. President'
Larry Wilmore was the entertainer at Barack Obama's final WHCD as president
After the president took the stage, comedian Larry Wilmore gave the crowd at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner a few more laughs.
Wilmore, who hosts The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, took on many of the same topics that Obama did – in particular, the ongoing presidential election.
“Nice to be here at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, or as you know they’re gonna call it next year, Donald Trump presents a luxurious evening paid for by Mexico. Very scared of that.”
The only candidate at the dinner, Bernie Sanders, got a mention too.
“I’m surprised, you never come to these things,” he said. “He usually comes to the White House Correspondents’ Early Bird Dinner.”
And he didn’t stop there.
“Bernie’s so old his first campaign slogan was fire.”
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“Ted Cruz’s battle to stay in the race, man, everybody hates that guy,” he joked. “Even O.J. Simpson said, ‘That guy’s just hard to like.’ ”
Even those who have bowed out of the race weren’t spared.
“Chris Christie was supposed to be here tonight, I don’t know if he made it,” Wilmore said. “He RSVP’d for three, him, his wife and Donald Trump’s dry cleaning.”
“Will Smith is here from the upcoming movie Suicide Squad,” he added. “By the way, not to be confused by the new Jeb Bush documentary, Suicide Watch.”
It wasn’t all politics, the recent Live! drama got a mention.
And so did Beyoncé‘s Lemonade. (Obviously.)
Obama, of course, got a few hits of his own.
“You look terrible, Mr. President,” he said. “Your hair is so white it tried to punch me at a Trump rally. The president’s hair is so white it keeps saying all lives matter.”
Wilmore told C-SPAN before the dinner that he was still working on his speech – and was planning on doing so up until the minutes before takes the podium.
“I’ve been known to scribble jokes right before I go on,” “That’ll be a little difficult because I’m sitting next to the first lady.”
Wilmore ended on a more serious note, discussing the historical implications of Obama’s presidency.
“When I was a kid,” he concluded, “I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black … quarterback.”