FLASHBACK: Don Rickles Roasts Ronald Reagan in 1985. Take Notes, Michelle Wolf
The talk of the town today has to be "comedian" Michelle Wolf roasting guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. That is, if you call an extended period of vitriolic insults coupled with amateurish comedic timing a roast. People on the left and right are currently in a chronic trigger-fit over Wolf's cringe-inducing bits.
We here at LwC don't take offense at Michelle Wolf's remarks, though we do take pity on her for that third-rate clusterfu*k of a roast. Here's the ghost of Don Rickles to show Shelley a thing or two:
Aaaaand that, kiddies, is how it's done.
This video has it all. Midget jokes. Christian jokes. African American people of color jokes. In fact, the only thing missing is a seething hatred for every person present on the "other side." Such is the difference between being a comic legend and being a two-bit hack who gets audience-wide side-eye.
Don Rickles' roast of Reagan might be ancient history by now, but it's as relevant as ever. Rickles was a well-known Democrat. Yet, there he is in the video. At a Republican's inauguration. Slinging insults indiscriminately. Everyone is a target and yet, there's not an ounce of ill will to be had. Nowadays, people wouldn't even know what to make of such a thing.
Compare that "old-timey" roast to Michelle Wolf's routine last weekend at the Correspondents' Dinner. It's like comparing apples to a yeast infection. I doubt anyone is going to stumble upon her roast thirty-three years from now and think it was a stroke of comedic genius.
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