Joel McHale at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (HD Complete)
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Joel McHale at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (HD Complete)

JOEL MCHALE: All right, everybody. Here we
go. I am the last person standing between you and your after-party. So in just an hour
and 15 minutes, you’ll be walking out of here, all right? (Laughter.) I’m going to
break Jay Leno‘s record tonight. Strap in. Here we go. (Laughter.) Good evening, Mr. President — or as Paul
Ryan refers to you, yet another inner-city minority relying on the federal government
to feed and house your family. (Laughter.) I’m a big fan of President Obama. I think
he’s one of the all- time great presidents — definitely in the top 50. (Laughter.)
Please explain that to Jessica Simpson. (Laughter.) You’re right. That was low. All right, how about the president’s performance
tonight, everyone? (Cheers, applause.) It is — it’s amazing that you can still bring
it with fresh, hilarious material. And my favorite bit of yours was when you said you’d
close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. That was a classic. That was hilarious,
hilarious. (Laughter.) Still going. (Laughter.) I’d like to take a moment to recognize the
first lady. Mrs. Obama, you have been very kind to me and my family, especially when
you showed us all how to tear a phonebook in half with your bare hands. That was — (laughter)
— it was incredible. I’d also like to thank the White House Correspondents’
Association for having me and for not being able to book Jimmy Fallon. (Laughter.) That’s
true. (Laughter.) All right, look, I know it’s been a long
night, but I promise that tonight will be both amusing and over quickly, just like Chris
Christie’s presidential bid. (Laughter.) I’ve got a lot of these tonight, so buckle
up, Governor Christie. (Laughter.) Excuse me — extender buckle up. (Laughter.) Oh,
I deserve that. I agree on that one. You’re right on. Now, allow me to tell you a little about myself.
My name is Joel McHale. I’m on an NBC show called “Community.” (Cheers, applause.)
That’s exactly what I thought. (Laughter.) I also host a show called “The Soup,”
which is on the E Network. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. To Republicans in attendance, E
is the channel that your deeply closeted gay son likes to watch. (Laughter.) Democrats,
it’s the same channel that your happy, openly gay son likes to watch. (Laughter.) E is also
home to the Kardashians, who, believe it or not, are Republicans. And I know that, because
they’re always trying to screw black people. (Groans.) Yep. Now just the men. OK. (Laughter.) It’s an honor to be here tonight at the
Washington Hilton. I’m tingling with excitement. Or maybe that’s just the bed bugs. (Laughter.)
I hope you all enjoyed your dinner. The filet tonight was grass-fed beef, freshly dragged
off the Cliven Bundy ranch. (Laughter.) The steaks are very tasty once you pull off the
tiny white hoods. (Groans, laughter.) Oh, you like Cliven Bundy. OK, good. All right,
great. Let it be known. Let the record show. All right. Tonight’s show is being broadcast on C-SPAN.
C-SPAN is — (scattered cheers) — yeah. C-SPAN is like one of those “Paranormal
Activity” movies. (Laughter.) It’s just grainy shots of empty rooms interrupted by
images of people you’re pretty sure died a few years ago. (Laughter.) Yeah. Oh, and stay tuned after the correspondents’
dinner for an all- new episode of C-SPAN’s hit show “So You Think You Can Remain Conscious.”
(Laughter.) This is the 100th year of the White House
Correspondents’ Association. (Applause.) Yes, 100 years ago, CNN was only searching
for the Wright brothers’ plane. (Laughter.) It’s true. And the correspondents’ dinner itself is
a tradition dating back to 1920. Back then, this event was only for men. It’s true.
And there’s a plaque in the lobby commemorating this as the location of the very first ever
total sausage-fest. (Laughter.) Hashtag total sausage-fest. (Laughter.) But that’s all changed. Now America is truly
a land of diversity. Only here would you find a black president, a soon to be Hispanic majority,
and all 19 nationalities contained within Arianna Huffington’s accent. (Laughter.)
That was low. It’s a genuine thrill to be here in Washington,
D.C., the city that started the whole crack-smoking-mayor craze. (Laughter.) You guys were the first.
(Applause.) I hope he’s not here tonight. People say that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is
a clumsy mess, but he can’t help it. He’s a big guy. He’s like a bull in a crack pipe
shop. (Laughter.) Between Rob Ford, Justin Bieber and Ted Cruz, you just want to tell
Canada, hey, hey, relax, we already have a Florida. (Laughter.) Ted Cruz proposed a government shutdown to
protest the Affordable Care Act. And everyone else in Congress decided to go along with
it simply to get some time away from Ted Cruz. (Laughter.) The tea party is anti-socialism
and anti-immigration, so it makes sense that their hero is a Cuban from Canada. (Laughter.)
Poignant. That one was poignant. The vice president isn’t here tonight, not
for security reasons. He just thought this event was being held at the Dulles Airport
Applebee’s. (Laughter.) Yes, right now Joe is elbow-deep in jalapeno poppers and talking
to a construction cone he thinks is John Boehner. (Laughter.) Also true. It’s crazy to think that Joe Biden is only
one heartbeat away from no one taking him seriously as president. (Laughter.) Sorry
for that one. Biden will likely be running for president in 2016, saying, and I quote,
there’s no obvious reason not to. (Laughter.) He talks about his motivation for a presidential
run as if he’s deciding to finish a meatball hoagie. (Laughter.) Hey, it’s there, isn’t
it? (Laughter.) Look, all I’m saying, if the bread is toasty and the cheese is warm,
I’m going to finish that thing. (Laughter.) Jill, bring me my hoagie bib. No, not that
one — the fancy one. (Laughter.) Hillary Clinton has a lot going for her as
a candidate. She has experience. She’s a natural leader. And, as our first female president,
we could pay her 30 percent less. (Laughter, applause.) That’s the savings this country
could use. Who’s with me? (Laughter.) Hillary’s daughter Chelsea is pregnant,
which means in nine months we will officially have a sequel to “Bad Grandpa.” (Laughter.)
It also raises the question, when the baby is born, do you give Bill Clinton a cigar?
(Laughter.) You guys sound like you’re on a roller coaster right now. (Laughter.) There’s a heated race on the Republican
side. They’re all vowing to see who will win over the GOP base and, more importantly,
who gets to apply turtle wax to Sheldon Adelson’s Rascal scooter. (Laughter. ) Jeb Bush says he’s thinking about running.
Wow, another Bush might be in the White House. Is it already time for our every-10- years
surprise party for Iraq? (Laughter.) Yes. As it stands right now, the Republican presidential
nominee will either be Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, or a bag of flour with Ronald Reagan’s face
drawn on it. (Laughter.) A bag of flour. All right. (Laughter.) People are asking, will Donald Trump run again?
And the answer is, does that thing on his head crap in the woods? (Laughter.) I actually
don’t know. I don’t know. (Laughter.) I don’t know if that thing on his head has
a digestive system, so — (laughter). Speaking of digestive systems, Chris Christie
is here. (Laughter.) He’s actually here tonight. Wow, sir, you are a glutton — for
punishment. So here we go. (Laughter.) Chris Christie, his administration canceled
the train tunnel to Manhattan. They’re closing the Pulaski Skyway, and they blocked the George
Washington Bridge. Finally, a politician willing to stand up to America’s commuters. (Laughter.) Governor, do you want bridge jokes or size
jokes? Because I’ve got a bunch of both. I could go half and half. I know you like
a combo platter. (Laughter.) Now, I get that. I’m sorry for that joke, Governor Christie.
I didn’t know I was going to tell it, but I take full responsibility for it. (Laughter.)
Whoever wrote it will be fired. But the buck stops here. So I will be a man and own up
to it, just as soon as I get to the bottom of how it happened, because I was unaware
it happened until just now. I’m appointing a blue-ribbon commission
of me to investigate the joke I just told. And if I find any wrongdoing on my part, I
assure you I will be dealt with. (Laughter, applause.) I just looked into it. It turns
out I’m not responsible for it. Justice has been served. (Laughter, applause.) He’s going to kill me. (Laughter.) Mr. President, you’re no stranger to criticism.
Ted Nugent called you a subhuman mongrel. And it’s comments like that which really
make me question whether we can take the guy who wrote “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” seriously
anymore. (Laughter.) Your approval rating has slipped. And even
worse, you only got two stars on Yelp. (Laughter.) Mitch McConnell said his number one priority
was to get the president out of office. So, Mitch, congrats on being just two years away
from realizing your goal. You did it — (laughter) — kind of. Mr. President, your harshest critics have
compared you to Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and even Satan. And I just have to say, those
comparisons are outrageous. You look way older than those guys. (Laughter.) Just because,
look, Morgan Freeman has played a president a few times, that doesn’t mean you have
to look exactly like him, all right? But you are healthy, which is great. Every
year the White House doctor checks the president’s colon for polyps and George Clooney’s head.
(Groans.) Yeah. Oh — yeah. It’s good to see that White House Press
Secretary and boy detective Jay Carney is here. (Laughter.) It’s a big night for Jay.
I haven’t seen him this nervous since the president told him, look, just go out there
and tell them the website’s broken. They’ll understand. (Laughter.) That actually probably
was a moment. (Laughter.) Mr. President, you have to admit, and you
already have, the launch of was a disaster. It was so bad. It was bad.
Look, I don’t even have an analogy, because the website is now the thing people use to
describe other bad things. (Laughter.) They say stuff like, oh, I shouldn’t have
eaten that sushi. I was up all night (Laughter.) Boy, that latest Johnny Depp movie
really’d at the box office. (Laughter.) Oh, look at my new rug. Did the
dogs on it? (Laughter.) You can’t get out of shag. (Laughter.) But thanks to “Obamacare,” or, as the
president refers to it, “Mecare,” millions of newly insured young Americans can visit
a doctor’s office and see what a print magazine actually looks like. (Laughter.) That’s
awesome. Now over 8 million people have signed up for
“Obamacare,” which sounds impressive until you realize Ashley Tisdale has 12 million
Twitter followers. (Laughter.) So that’s pretty good. There’s a lot going on in the world. Right
now there’s a madman who’s had plastic surgery running around annexing small countries
in Eastern Europe. And all I keep thinking is what the hell is Bruce Jenner doing in
Crimea? (Laughter.) Do they even get that show there? Sir, I do think you’re making a big mistake
with Putin. You have to show a guy like that that you’re just as crazy as he is. He invades
Crimea. You invade Cancun. (Laughter.) Russia takes back the Ukraine. America takes back
Texas. Something to think about. (Laughter.) Julia Pierson, the new director of the Secret
Service, is here tonight. (Cheers, applause.) Yeah. Under her leadership, Secret Service
agents no longer consort with prostitutes thanks to their new too-drunk-to-make-it-to-the-brothel
program. (Laughter.) I’m sure she loves that. The director of national intelligence, James
Clapper, is here. Finally I can put a face to the mysterious voice clearing its throat
on the other end of the phone. (Laughter.) It was weird. And, you know, to prepare for tonight, I’ve
been watching a lot of cable news. I am a big fan of that lesbian on MSNBC, Chris Hayes.
He’s great. (Laughter.) Yeah, yeah, I agree. MSNBC is a confusing place. I mean, Al Sharpton
is their skinny guy. (Laughter.) And CNN is desperately searching for something
they’ve been missing for months — their dignity. (Groans.) Totally. That was just
that table. At this point, CNN is like the Radio Shack in a sad strip mall. You don’t
know how it’s stayed in business this long. You don’t know anyone that shops there.
And they just fired Piers Morgan. (Laughter, applause.) Thank you. Fox News is the highest-rated network in cable
news. (Scattered cheers.) Yeah. I can’t believe your table — (inaudible) — that
far. (Laughter.) And it’s all thanks to their key demographic, the corpses of old
people who tuned in to Fox News and haven’t yet been discovered. (Laughter.) Former “Inside Edition” host Bill O’Reilly
is not here. He did host that. Bill’s got another book coming out soon, so he’s making
his ghost writers work around the clock. (Laughter.) Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity
are the Mount Rushmore of keeping old people angry. (Laughter.) This event brings together both Washington
and Hollywood. The relationship between Washington and Hollywood has been a long and fruitful
one. You give us tax credits for film and television production, and in return, we bring
much-needed jobs to hard-working American cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Vancouver
again. (Laughter.) Hollywood helps America by projecting a heroic
image to the rest of the world. We just released another movie about Captain America, or, as
he’s known in China, Captain Who Owes Us $1.1 Trillion. (Laughter.) There’s a lot of celebrities here tonight.
They’re the ones that don’t look like ghouls. (Laughter.) Look around. The cast
of “Veep” is here. That’s a series about what would happen if a Seinfeld star actually
landed on another good show. (Laughter.) I like “The New Adventures of Old Christine,”
I swear. The folks from “Duck Dynasty” had a very
challenging year. The grandfather on that show made homophobic and racist comments.
But people are overlooking another issue. He really hates ducks. (Laughter.) “House of Cards” has had a huge impact
on Washington. What a great show. I haven’t seen a southern
senator give a tour- de-force performance like that since Lindsey Graham played Blanche
DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” (Laughter.) And Lindsey, if you’re here
now, you can drop character any time, man. (Laughter.) Oh, my. And I’m not going to spoil the shocking
twist on “House of Cards,” but just know that it was so surprising that Nancy Pelosi’s
face almost changed expression. (Laughter.) Did you like that one, Nancy? I can’t tell.
(Laughter.) All right. I’d like to congratulate Jared
Leto, who is here tonight, on his Oscar, and to the Republican senator who asked to be
introduced to, quote, “that hot chick from Dallas Buyers Club.” You are in for a very
interesting evening. (Laughter.) Richard Sherman has already had an impact
on tonight’s event. He’s intercepted all three of Tim Tebow’s attempts to pass the
dinner rolls. (Laughter.) Oh, and Russell Wilson is also here from my Super Bowl champion
Seattle Seahawks. Peyton Manning — he wanted to be here tonight, but he can only move four
yards at a time. (Laughter.) You’re right. He’s not here to defend himself. Legendary actor Robert DeNiro is here tonight,
everyone. (Applause.) Now, I don’t do a DeNiro impression, but I do an impression
of Robert DeNiro’s agent. You ready? Here it is. Ready? Ring, ring. He’ll do it. (Laughter.) Mr. DeNiro, I was in “Spy Kids 4,” so
clearly I’m beyond reproach. (Laughter.) So I will see you on the set of “Spy Kids
5,” I’m sure. (Laughter.) Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, is here.
So if any of you congressmen want to cut out the middleman, just show him your penis. (Laughter.)
Not now! Are you nuts? OK, those are my warmup jokes. (Laughter.)
I’m kidding. I’m kidding. I — I’m kidding. I want to leave you tonight with
a bit of a pep talk. America has seen her share of challenges. But as my agents told
me when I booked an NBC sitcom, hey, things could be worse. (Laughter.) Now, have you watched the news? Not CNN. I
mean, like the real news? It’s pretty bad in other places. By comparison, America is
doing great. I mean, this year, after months of heated debate and controversy, we achieved
something that will impact the health of millions. We brought back Twinkies. (Laughter.) And
we’re no longer the fattest country in the world. Now Mexico is. But don’t worry. We’ll
be number one again as soon as they all come over here. (Laughter.) And what’s our biggest concern as Americans?
TV show spoilers. In other countries, a spoiler consists of, hey, I haven’t been back to
the village yet, so don’t tell me who survived the drone strike. No spoilers. (Laughter.) America still has amazing technological innovations.
Google Glass has hit the markets. Now, just by walking down the street, we’ll know exactly
who to punch in the face. In America, we see gluten and peanuts as threats
to our kids. In other countries, gluten and peanuts are the nicknames of warlords who
have child armies. So we’re better. America is doing just fine, guys. How do I
know that? Because we’re making a fourth movie about trucks that turn into giant robots.
And why are they making a “Transformers 4?” Because there’s still so much story
left to tell. (Laughter.) So chin up, everyone. This country is still
number one in the all-important categories of cream-filled pastries, face computers and
robot trucks. Education and the economy and the environment? Hey, we’ll get ‘em next
time. And here’s why America is the best country
in the world. A guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy
— (laughter) — and tell jokes without severe repercussions. And instead of being
shipped off to a gulag, I’m going to the Vanity Fair after-party. (Laughter.) That’s
right. This is America, where everyone can be a Pussy Riot. (Laughter.) This is one of the coolest things that has
ever happened to me ever in my entire life. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mrs.
Obama. And thank you, White House correspondents’ dinner. And thank you, C-SPAN viewer. (Laughter.) Good night, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.)


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