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Michelle Wolf sticks up for Samantha Bee, announces live shows

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Michelle Wolf stuck up for fellow comedian, show host and sayer of controversial things Samantha Bee in a new interview with the Daily Beast where she talked about the White House Correspondents dinner, Bee’s “feckless cunt” comments and Ivanka Trump in general:

There’s this Samantha Bee dust-up over her Ivanka Trump joke, and it struck me as odd—the amount of attention being given to this one curse word in a lengthy bit about ICE cruelly separating children from their parents at the border. That focus seems rather narrow in the grand scheme of things.

I think there’s a distraction method of oh, if we talk about this part of something then people won’t focus on the actual part of substance. You could go with that kind of theory or you could go with the theory of oh, they just got Roseanne out, this other woman said something, so we should do a tit for tat here. People just don’t like that word, I guess! I was like “feckless,” eh? That’s a real Thesaurus word for you! [Laughs]

You know Trump had to look that one up. It was probably like that scene in Analyze This with the mobster: “Get a dictionary and find out what this ‘feckless’ is. If that’s what she’s going to hit us with, I want to know what it is.

There’s no way! There are so many people in that administration that had to be like, I’m sorry, “feckless?” There’s no way Jesse Watters was like, “I’m aware of that word!” Or Steve Doocy. [Laughs] I really think that if you couch something in a joke, you can say whatever you want. I’m guessing the reason she had to apologize was because sponsors were pulling out.

And the way the words “feckless cunt” were removed from the context of the joke seemed to be problematic.

Right. I would guess that most people don’t even know what joke that was in. They probably just saw the headline: “Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a feckless cunt.” They don’t know it was a bit about ICE, and they may not even know that Ivanka posted that picture or really so much about that. I mean, Ivanka is part of the Trump administration. She’s fair game. And she is useless. So I think it’s very fair to point out that she’s doing a terrible job.

You can read the whole interview over at The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, Michelle’s new Netflix show, The Break with Michelle Wolf, now has three episodes under its belt, mixing topical monologues and sketches. You can watch a sketch about Op-Ed pieces and “the importance of opinions” from the most recent episode — as well as a piece about apologizing — below.

Michelle also has a few standup appearances on her schedule, including two shows (early/late) at The Bell House on August 8 and Portland, OR’s Revolution Hall on August 9. Tickets for the early and late Bell House shows go on sale Wednesday, June 13 at 10am.

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Michelle Wolf – 2018 Tour Dates
8/8 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY (7:30PM)
8/8 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY (9:30PM)
8/9 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR

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