While no subsequent Correspondents' Dinner can ever be as memorable, Wanda Sykes did a bang-up job this past weekend, delivering 15 minutes of feisty political comedy that reminded me of why I love her so much. Watch:
And the rest of performance is here:
My favorite bits:
- "I know Governor Palin—she's not here tonight. She pulled out at the last minute.... You know, somebody should tell her that's not really how you practice abstinence." After the audience reacts uncomfortably, Sykes quips, "Ah, shut up, you're gonna be telling that one tomorrow."
- "Rush Limbaugh, one of your big critics, boy, Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. You know, so you're saying, 'I hope America fails.' It's like, 'I don't care about people losing their homes or their jobs, our soldiers in Iraq.' He just wants the country to fail. To me, that's treason. He's not saying anything differently than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was just so strung out on Oxycotin he missed his flight...." That probably got the biggest reaction of the night.
- "Dick Cheney, oh my god, he's a scary man. Scares me to death. I tell my kids, I said, 'Look, if two cars pull up and one has a stranger and the other car has Dick Cheney, you get in the car with the stranger."
[Thanks to The Bilerico Project for posting the videos.]