Donald Trump isn’t the only one happy with Dennis Rodman after he proved to be a successful peace broker between the United States and North Korea.
“As comedy writers who have to write about the news, sometimes [it] is very fraught and very scary and very sad. Dennis Rodman is a gift,” Seth Meyers said during a talk at the 92nd Street Y on Monday night.
In a conversation moderated by fellow comedian Ali Wentworth, the “Late Night With Seth Meyers” host came to the venue right from taping his show and said Rodman was the star of that night’s monologue.
“There are a lot of things that happened in the news today, [but] I will tell you 85 percent of the jokes were about Dennis Rodman,” he said. “Even though it’s scary that Dennis Rodman is currently in Singapore for the purposes of being a go-between … despite that, all your first thought is, ‘Hahaha Dennis Rodman.’
“We’re past the point where there’s any piece of casting that would make you say, ‘Who’s going where?’” he added of the Trump administration.
It just so happened that as the conversation at the uptown venue was wrapping up, news broke of the two world leaders shaking hands and signing a “very important” and “pretty comprehensive” document in a historic meeting.
Covering other recent headlines, Wentworth asked Meyers about Michelle Wolf’s routine at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner after the late-night host had the same gig in 2011.
Meyers came to Wolf’s defense after she received backlash for going after Trump and, notably, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“It became a different challenge for Michelle, which I think she rose to. You would think the press, the way the’ve been treated for the last couple of years would want someone to stand up for them guns blazing, [and] she did, but I was disappointed from the reactions particularly with the White House Correspondents’ Association,” he said.
“It’s already a terrible gig for the comedian. For you to now think, ‘Oh the other thing that might happen is that the people who hire you might issue a release a couple days later…’” he said, referring to its statement that read: “Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”
But when thinking back on his own time roasting President Barack Obama — who “crushes” it as a comedian — Meyers said he had other things to worry about.
“I sat next to Michelle Obama during that dinner because you sit on a dais for a whole three hours, which is terrible,” he remembered. “My mom was so much more nervous about me eating next to the first lady than me having to perform in front of the president. She was so terrified that my bad table manners would come out.”
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