One of the funniest and smartest faces of late night television had a lot to say about the conspicuous absence of President Donald Trump at the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Samantha Bee, star of the late night hit show Full Frontal, decided to hold “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” a very funny skit that featured celebrities and plenty of sarcastic humor pointed directly at Trump.
Samantha Bee’s decision to hold a comedic version of the event was prompted not just because of the President’s absence but also from the fact that the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner took on a demure tone this year.
During the Obama administration, the President was not only roasted but also invited to laugh and even participate with a few jokes. Since former President Obama was very popular, the Correspondents’ Dinner became a glitzy affair that attracted many A-list celebrities from the showbiz industry.
This year, comedian Hasan Minhaj was in charge of roasting Trump, but the roasting was minimal since the focus is to have the President there and in person to catch and absorb the jokes. Instead, the organizing committee invited legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to present awards.
Samantha Bee’s counter show was a comedic success with very strong roasting of President Trump, who would have likely not been very comfortable with. The journalism industry in general was also heavily roasted by Samantha Bee and her fellow comedians, but proceeds from the event went to the Committee to Protect Journalists.