Concha: 'Second-Tier' Comedians Are 'Exploiting' the WHCD Stage
Joe Concha said Monday that he believes "second-tier" comedians are exploiting the platform they're given at the White House Correspondents' Dinner to advance their careers.
His comments come after Michelle Wolf's routine at Saturday night's dinner, which included attacks on President Trump, his counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
The four previous entertainers before Wolf to perform at the dinner were Hasan Minhaj, Larry Wilmore, Cecily Strong and Joel McHale.
"Second-tier [comedians are] now exploiting that stage -- remember, it was on national television -- to advance their [careers]," said Concha, a media reporter for The Hill.
Concha said he doesn't blame Wolf for the backlash her routine received, but more so the people responsible for choosing her to give the monologue.
"Her career is only going to go upwards because she appealed to half the country," he said.
Wolf defended her remarks, replying to criticism on Twitter by saying that she did not comment on Sanders' appearance, but rather her "despicable behavior."
Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though? https://t.co/JRzzvhBuey
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 29, 2018
Concha noted one portion of Wolf's routine as a "problem," when she referred to Sanders as "Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women."
He said Sanders and Conway should have been given the right to speak at the event.
He also said that the best comic the event has ever seen was former President Barack Obama.
"He got what the tone and pitch should be," Concha said.
Watch more above, and read more about Wolf's routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.