I wasn’t a huge fan of this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner, but I’ve given up criticizing the actual event itself — or similar events — as they are now a fixture of our political discourse and aren’t going away. So instead, why not judge them on a metric we are more likely to agree on: Was the host funny?
“The guys from Duck Dynasty are here. It can can only mean one thing: the guys from Storage Wars said no.”
Odd. Conan didn’t say anything negative about the bearded-ones when he had them on his show last year. Nor does Conan’s joke make any sense. His premise is that the stars of Storage Wars are somehow a bigger draw then the stars of Duck Dynasty.
O’Brien’s ratings on TBS are not huge either — the show is averaging 906,000 viewers an episode. But TBS said it was pleased the show has one of the youngest audiences of any traditional late-night talk program.
And now you know why Jimmy Fallon is the new host of The Tonight Show and Conan O’Brien is what you watch when you accidentally leave the TV on after a rerun of Big Bang Theory.
But back to what’s funny and what’s not. Check out this clip from the 2011 Congressional Correspondents’ dinner featuring Larry Wilmore. Now, that was funny stuff: