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Cecily Strong: ‘SNL’ Star Bombs As White House Correspondents’ Dinner Host — Watch

Sun, April 26, 2015 12:39pm EDT by 34 Comments

Funny lady Cecily Strong’s biting and blunt humor didn’t resonate well with everyone at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 25. The ‘SNL’ star fired jokes left and right, but unfortunately not everyone was rolling on the floor laughing!

Let’s be honest — President Barack Obama53, set the bar very high at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington on April 25. When host Cecily Strong, 31, took the stage to follow his hilarious bit, the SNL comedienne didn’t seem to bring in as many laughs as the President himself! Watch Cecily’s speech here and let us know what you think!

White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Cecily Strong Bombs As Host

We totally admire Cecily for her boldness and willingness to take risks — this funny lady did not hold back on any jokes at the huge event full of celebrities and politicians. From taking aim at C-Span (who broadcasted the event) to taking aim at Hillary Clinton and ISIS, Cecily seemingly went everywhere possible while roasting the President and his administration.

Unfortunately, some of her jokes seemed to fall flat. One that didn’t resonate well with the crowd was her reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks (10:00), where she criticized the President for not paying a visit to Paris at the post-shooting memorial parade. Showing a photo of herself in the City of Lights, she threw shade at Obama saying, “Obama, Paris is so beautiful, Mr. President. You should really think about going there some time.” Burn!

Cecily also referenced SNL‘s criticism for ISIS jokes, while taking a slight jab at the President, making some seemingly uncomfortable! “Even ‘SNL’ got criticized for making fun of ISIS. If anyone is guilty of taking ISIS too lightly, it’s um, you know,” she said, nodding toward the president.

While Cecily’s jokes didn’t always resonate well, she definitely had some funny moments and we loved that she wasn’t afraid to hold anything back! As the second female comedian to host the dinner in more than 20 years, we think she did fantastic, even if not everyone found her bits funny.

She had some hilarious commentary which resonated well. One of her first jokes of the night drew in some laughs: “‘It is great to be here at the Washington Hilton,’ is something a prostitute might say to a congressman.” LOL. Also, Obama seemed to like when she reflected on what it would have been like growing up together in Chicago (where they are both from), playing basketball together while he wore her mom’s jeans.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did you think Cecily was a funny host? Sound off with your thoughts below!

— Julianne Ishler