White House Correspondents Dinner- Cecily Strong’s Speech

List of jokes with corresponding stories:

  • Hillary Clinton running for president: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2015/04/politics/hillary-clinton-2016-election-announcement/
  • Ethnically ambiguous girl from college brochures: http://www.makers.com/blog/cecily-strong%E2%80%99s-funniest-moments-during-white-house-correspondents%E2%80%99-dinner
  • Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Video: http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000003624500/hillary-clintons-announcement-video.html
  • Joel McHale correspondent’s dinner: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/videos/joel-mchale-skewers-washington-at-white-house-correspondents-dinner-20140504
  • Joe Bidens massage: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/biden-close-wife-new-defense-sec-ashton-carter-article-1.2118643
  • Barney Frank Gay Congressman- http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/barney-frank-life-as-gay-congressman-116027_Page2.html#.VgmGTirBzGc
  • Women’s Rights and abortion: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/abortion-right-to-privacy-women-right-to-equality
  • C-Span jokes: http://www.c-span.org/
  • Washington Hilton- Congressman and prostitutes joke- http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2008/03/11/a-timeline-of-politicians-and-prostitutes
  • Obama’s secret service trouble: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/politics/drunk-secret-service-agents-white-house/
  • MSNBC jail shows: http://www.msnbc.com/lockup
  • Anthony Bourdain eating a cricket: http://www.eater.com/2014/11/10/7187221/watch-anthony-bourdain-eat-jerk-chicken-in-jamaica
  • Huffington Post and AOL partnership: http://www.businessinsider.com/aol-huffington-post-profit-2013-12
  • Buzzfeed- list of why they shouldn’t be there: http://www.buzzfeed.com/
  • USA Today slipped under the door: http://www.etonline.com/news/163492_best_lines_cecily_strong_white_house_correspondents_dinner_speech/
  • NPR Serial: http://serialpodcast.org/
  • SNL ISIS joke controversy: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/snl-isis-skit-sparks-outrage-778471
  • Brian Williams scandal: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/04/nbc-news-brian-williams-scandal-comcast
  • Don Lemon- gay and black anchor: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/23/don-lemon-sign_n_7642624.html
  • Game of Thrones- room of nerds: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/04/game-of-thrones-season-4
  • Hillary Clinton’s emails: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/p/briefing/factsheets/2015/07/13/email-facts/
  • Aaron Schock controversy: http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/vacancies_pr.aspx?pr=house&vid=93
  • Harry Reid punching bag: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/27/politics/harry-reid-retiring-announcement-2016/
  • Senator Jim Inhofe denies climate change with snowball: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-jim-inhofe-climate-change-is-not-real-because-here-is-a-snowball/
  • Tom Cotton not a bunny rabbit: http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?member=ARJR&site=congressmerge
  • Hillary Clinton’s appearance: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clintons-natural-appearance-scrutinized/
  • Martin O’Malley running for president: https://martinomalley.com/
  • Lincoln Chafee running for president: http://www.chafee2016.com/
  • Should Elizabeth Warren run for president: http://elizabethwarren.com/
  • Jeb Bush shortens his name: http://time.com/3891134/jeb-bush-family/
  • Marco Rubio uptight on television: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/12/us/politics/marco-rubio-amid-soaring-moments-sticks-to-steady-course.html
  • Chris Christie cracks down on marijuana if elected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/chris-christie-marijuana/
  • Ted Cruz, canadien latino: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/08/19/texas-sen-ted-cruz-releases-canadian-birth-certificate-but-insists-as-american/
  • Rand Paul takes over family’s not being president business: https://www.randpaul.com/about
  • Nightmare to eat next to Michelle Obama: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/students-full-revolt-michelle-obamas-horrible-school-lunch/
  • Praying to mecca with Obama: http://shoebat.com/2015/04/22/president-obamas-family-visits-mecca-to-share-what-they-termed-the-pure-image-of-our-great-muslim-religion/
  • Hair is so white now it can talk back to the police: http://time.com/3154529/obama-grey-hair/

I thought the speech went very well for Cecily Strong. It takes a lot of guts to go and make fun of such a serious room, and most certainly a lot of the jokes were received with “ooh’s” instead of laughter. There were many jokes that did receive audible laughter and even applause, which from one of the toughest audiences you’ll experience could count as a victory.

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