• Sun, Apr 28 - 10:39 am ET

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: I Forgot How Much I Love Conan O’Brien

White House Correspondents Dinner Conan OBrien 4-27-13

So I know we’re not a political site by any means, and that’s good because I don’t plan on getting political about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner or Conan O’Brien‘s speech, which went down last night.  Every year, the POTUS and a bunch of rando celebrities (including Lindsay Lohan last year, and no that’s no joke) and pretty much every member of the media.  It’s a great opportunity to watch all of these people make fun of each other, pretend it doesn’t offend them, and then start laughing at Donald Trump.  It’s great.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Conan O’Brien has been banished to the deserted island of TBS because Jay Leno‘s a dickhead and all that jazz.  I still watch him on the rare occasion that I’m still awake at 11 p.m. but I used to watch him nightly when I was in college, and it was nice to see him land such a great hosting gig this year.  Especially because, as we all know, Jimmy Fallon will be hosting The Tonight Show when Jay Leno decides he’s retiring for the second time.  Basically Conan is like the Charlie Brown of late night television, except I’m pretty sure Charlie Brown never showered naked with Lucy.

In recent years, comedians like Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel have hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and it’s always a good time.  It’s perfect for people who follow current events and politics enough that you know most talking heads on cable news channels are complete imbeciles.  It’s also a perfect event for people who follow celebrity culture.  So if you’re like me, it encompasses your dual personality perfectly!  I’m the kind of person who watches it and laughs out loud at the Fox News jokes but I’m really sitting on the edge of my seat for the celebrity jokes.

Speaking of which, here are some of my favorite Conan jokes from last night:

“Oh hey, the HuffPost is here.  Wait, if you’re here, who’s covering Miley Cyrus’ latest nip slip?”

“Hard to believe the Republican party didn’t fare better with celebrity endorsements from Ted Nugent and Meatloaf.  I guess they overestimated the number of voters who still drive carpeted vans.”

“There are now more African-Americans in the senate than at a Mumford and Sons concert: two.”

“If any of you are live-tweeting this event, please use the hashtag ‘#incapableoflivinginthemoment.’”

“Governor Christie is sitting at the same table as Shaquille O’Neal tonight.  So let’s give it up for the real hero of the night: their waiter.  That poor bastard.”

To watch Conan’s speech in its entirety, please enjoy the following clip that I was able to embed with limited malfunction:


You can reach the author of this post, Cassandra Hough, on twitter


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