Watch Barack Obama & Joel McHale Make Jokes at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner


The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was tonight. President Obama told some jokes. Joel McHale told some jokes. None of these jokes were terribly funny, I thought. They weren’t awful, but they weren’t great. McHale sort of “went after” the Beltway types in the room (a la Colbert), which was neat, but I don’t think the jokes themselves were very funny. But who knows, really. Maybe they were? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not in the right mood.

Here are the videos. Decide for yourself.

Obama:

McHale:

I’m genuinely curious what other people thought. Yay/Nay? Let me know in the comments.

Also, if Obama and McHale didn’t do it for you, here’s the funniest standup ever, Eddie Izzard’s Dress to Kill:

 

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