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Wilmore throws shade at NC’s HB2 at White House Correspondents Dinner

Larry Wilmore, guest host from Comedy Central, waves as he is introduced at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Major Garrett of CBS News is a left, and Michelle Obama is on the right.
Larry Wilmore, guest host from Comedy Central, waves as he is introduced at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Major Garrett of CBS News is a left, and Michelle Obama is on the right. AP

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, hosted by Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” was a night full of barbs, as usual, aimed at politicians, the news media and celebrities.

And this year, North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

Early in his monologue, Wilmore turned to President Obama, who was attending his last Correspondents Dinner as chief executive.

“Look at you,” Wilmore said. “Your hair is so white it tried to punch me at a Trump rally. His hair is so white it keeps saying ‘All Lives Matter.’

“You came in looking like Denzel Washington. You are going out looking like Grady from Sanford and Son.”

Race, and the news media, were themes throughout Wilmore’s monologue:

“MSNBC is here tonight. Which now stands for Missing a Significant Number of Black Correspondents.” And, “Not to throw any shade, but Fox News is the highest-rated cable news channel among viewers who have no idea what ‘shade’ means.”

Turning to the presidential campaign, he said: “John Boehner came out of retirement and described Ted Cruz as Lucifer in the flesh. Lucifer. I mean that is not fair, man. Lucifer is horrible, but he’s not the Zodiac Killer.”

And he localized the humor for us:

“Donald Trump said that if Hillary Clinton was a man, she wouldn’t get 5 percent of the vote. OK, all right, all right. First of all, if Hillary Clinton was a man, her biggest problem would be finding a bathroom to use in North Carolina.”

Watch Wilmore’s full monologue:

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