On Wednesday night, Seth Meyers landed the first big TV interview with comedian Michelle Wolf following her debated-to-death stand-up comedy set at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Wolf’s roast routine, packed with hilariously incisive observations about the media and officials in the Trump administration, received significant backlash from many in the media and officials in the Trump administration—two parties dependent on the president for access or employment.
In lieu of President Trump, who hasn’t attended the annual event since Meyers and former President Obama went to town on him at the 2011 edition, the White House sent Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders as surrogates. And there was plenty of performative outrage directed at the Huckabee Sanders jokes in particular, including one tame jab about how the press secretary achieves the “perfect smokey eye” with burnt facts. Many, including Conway, Huckabee Sanders, and others, accused Wolf of taking a shot at her “physical appearance” by complimenting her eye makeup—a stretch at best, a bald-faced lie at worst.
Before she was a WHCD emcee—and Daily Show correspondent, and upcoming host of Netflix’s The Break—Wolf was a member of the writers’ room at Late Night With Seth Meyers. So her return was a reunion of sorts.
Of course, Meyers kicked things off asking about the reception to her WHCD turn.
“It went great and every single person loved it,” Wolf joked. “Across the board. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called me and was like, ‘I loved it so much. I got every joke.’”
Then Meyers replied, “Really? Because I was watching and there were a few that seemed like she maybe didn’t like or get.”
“Well, you know, you give the best information you have at the time,” fired back Wolf, echoing the usual Huckabee Sanders line when a new lie from the president is exposed. “It’s a philosophy.”
Meyers also pointed out how, after just three days, Wolf’s set became the most-watched Correspondents’ Dinner performance on YouTube, earning 4.4 million views to Meyers’ 4.3 million—a fact that tickled the friends.
Later on, Meyers asked Wolf about her upcoming Netflix show, premiering May 27th. Of the anticipated comedy series, Wolf remarked, “If you hated the Correspondents’ Dinner, you’re really going to hate this show.”
We can’t wait.