While the White House and members of the D.C. media—in essence, those whose jobs require maintaining access to the Trump administration—did an admirable job feigning outrage at comedian Michelle Wolf’s artful roast routine during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the comedy world has stood firmly behind one of their own.
Renowned comedians ranging from Stephen Colbert to Dave Chappelle have all expressed their support and admiration for Wolf’s stand-up set, which laid bare the myriad hypocrisies of the Trump administration and those serving in it.
And now, you can add David Letterman’s voice to the chorus.
In a clip from his upcoming Netflix talk with fellow comedy great Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman sang Wolf’s praises.
“The more I get to thinking about it, I thought: Wow, that was great,” Letterman said of Wolf’s set. “Because whatever the reaction, there was no damage, and she had the guts to stand up there and didn’t apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything. So whether you liked it or not, I have great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place.”
When Letterman asked Seinfeld if he knew Wolf—a legitimate question, since one of Wolf’s biggest mentors is Chris Rock, who’s good friends with Seinfeld—he replied, “No, I don’t know her. I’ve just seen her on TV. But everybody talks about how dedicated [she is]. She’s out every night working on her stuff, and those are the kinds of people I really like.”
Wolf is indeed one of the hardest-working comics in the game. During her tenure on The Daily Show, she’d often work at their offices from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and then perform three, sometimes four stand-up sets later that very night. And she’ll soon be joining Letterman on the streaming giant, as her show The Break premieres May 27th on Netflix.