Sunday, April 29, 2012

How Did Jimmy Kimmel Do as Host of 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Here's Kimmel's performance in its entirety:

In your blogger's humble opinion Kimmel's performance last night was about what you'd expect from Jimmy Kimmel. His routine started strong (This Week in Unnecesssary Censorship: WHCD Edition was hilarious and didn't seem to get as many laughs in the room as it should have) but then lapsed into mostly meh punctuated by genuinely laugh-out-loud worthy zingers. When he told President Obama to cover his ears "if that's physically possible" while he took a few digs at the Secret Service it was great to see Michelle laugh harder than anyone else in the room.

Actually, Kimmel was at his best during moments like these when he wasn't obviously reading his jokes off the page, addressing his target directly in a friendly, conversational tone that you knew wouldn't end well.

For example:
Mr. President, you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious.
 And in the set up for a joke about the Hillary Rosen/stay-at-home mom controversy:
 For those of you that aren't familiar with this story--Kim, Lindsay, etc.
I also thought the presidential high five at the end was cute without being cutesy. Not an easy feat.