Is there a tougher job for a comedian than the White House Correspondents Dinner? The Washington D.C. media event, known affectionately as Nerd Prom, has become a marquee comedy event. Since Stephen Colbert roasted President George W. Bush, the job has come under even more scrutiny. The 2014 job fell to Joel McHale, the host of The Soup and star of NBC’s Community. McHale spoke with Howard Stern earlier in the week about feeling the immense pressure from taking on this role.
In the first moments of his appearance McHale let the crowd know that he was aware of how they felt about him. “I am the last person standing between you and your after party” he quipped.
How did you think Joel did at the emcee job? It was tough for him because President Obama was really on his game during his moment at the podium. The President took shots at Fox News, joking that it was a shady front for a Koch brothers group, and calling out MSNBC for its lack of viewers. He also poked fun at the crazy idea that he was born in Kenya. While McHale was more cutting than say a Jay Leno, he more than held his own on stage.