'Daily Show' writer helps Prez with jokes
May 3rd, 2011
05:11 PM ET

'Daily Show' writer helps Prez with jokes

President Obama knows how to surround himself with people who can get the job done.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Comedy Central confirmed that "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" scribe Kevin Bleyer was one of the writers who helped the president with his jokes at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The commander-in-chief also received an assist last year from members of the "Daily Show" writing staff, though this year Bleyer was the only one from the hit show to participate in the joke writing.

POTUS had them rolling in the aisles this year with jokes about Donald Trump, the birther controversy and disappointment in his performance in the White House. Last year's dinner won rave reviews for the president, who was said to have upstaged professional comedian, Jay Leno.


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  1. Jonathan

    You've got it all wrong. The Daily Show doesn't write Obama's jokes.. Obama writes their show. What else would he be doing since he's not doing his elected job?

    May 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MyMyMy

    Behind the scenes, I'm sure our prez was lhao at Trump &his stupidity! BTW, I do believe he had other things on his mind than Trumps bs! Glad he wasn't distracted by the crap, now we have a new "fish" in the sea!!! I salute you Mr. Prez & our Seals!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elaine

    I kniew Obama did write his own jokes, he cannot say sentence with out his telaprompter. As for his birth certicate, why did 'nt he just show it. BECAUSE, he liked the attention he was getting. He is such a phony, I will take anyone over him, I don't think Trump is going to run, he is just a Democrat saying he is a Republican.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cranky

      What's with the constant focus on teleprompters? Do you really think that Palin, et al memorize their speeches? Get a grip – 100s of speaking engagements each year can't be supported without a MODERN INVENTION.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      You can't even spell and you are concerned that the president uses a teleprompter? I guess you have never had a list of important things to say – that you had to get right – that mattered to anyone. Have you ever even given a speech before? Are you such a great orator that you have justification to criticize? Do you think that your favorite news anchors on Fox News are speaking extemporaneously?

      I seem to recall how painful it was to listen to a George W Bush speech. He also used a teleprompter but his reading skills were lacking. If there wasn't constant clapping there would have been dead silence for seconds on end while he read the next sentence.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      Remember – Palin doesn't need a teleprompter. She writes her whole speech on her hand!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HEY-ZEUS

    What is that I smell? Roasted Teabagger – lovely! It's about time someone with half a brain (aside from the man, Bill Maher) put these "exceptional Americans" where they belong.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    Duh – anyone who watches Jon Stewart knows they fawn all over Obama and take every opportunity to sling arrows at anyone who doesn't drink Obama's Kool-Aid. The only story here is that it actually got out to the rest of the world that the Daily Show writes for Obama. AND Stewart's 'interview' of Obama was weird – watching Stewart lick Obama's shoe soles.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhumba

      Jeff, i watch The Daily Show almost every night. Jon Stewart criticizes President Obama almost nightly. I think maybe you need to watch with an open mind, if indeed you've ever even watched his show;

      May 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lisha

    Well said Bruce.

    It was hilarious and well done!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Captain Canuck

    I can only assume Trump is playing the "heel" to increase the ratings of his TV show. To him, any publicity is good publicity. He can't possibly be serious and he won't be, simply because he would have to reveal his net worth when he submits his presidential candidacy and he would NEVER do that, because according to some financial pundits, he's not worth as much as he wants you to believe. It's a way for him to get free publicity and not have to pay a cent. It's really brilliant because while it have little to no effect on his business dealings – money is money – and he's just figured out a way to get millions of dollars in advertising for his show by just being a d-bag in real life and saying things that are ludicrous and moronic. He's picking fights with everyone, just to get sound bytes. Come on, we're talking about Trump here. He's many things and STUPID isn't one of them. He's advertising TRUMP and Celebrity Apprentice and he's able to do that on EVERY network. Not some dumb now, is he? Would he ever be elected President? Only if Ross Perot would be his VP. LOL.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ztank

      Unfortunately, hard core right wing republicans like my mom are currently convinced that Trump is a good candidate for president "because he's taking Obama to task and can beat him." Actual words my mom said to me last night. I'm in the Daily Show camp that really-really wants him to run...not cause he has a chance, but because he's hilarious to make fun of.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Diane

    President Obama has handled himself with more class than we have seen in most of the so called Republicans who have been in the spot light combined. I have much more respect for those like Mitt Romney who may disagree with the policies of Obama but presents his arguments with respect and reasoning. The likes of trump and palin are media fodder and the majority of intelligent people in either party cannot take them seriously. They are doing the Republican party more harm than good.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. staceyann c. dolenti

    Just hearing about this made me laugh out loud ~ I can't wait to see the video.

    God Bless America and President Obama.

    staceyanncdolenti

    May 4, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. MyMyMy

    Loved the "roast", love Obama! Obama-2012 !!!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. laverne

    I think there should be charges bought up on the people who disrespect the president in public. Enough is enough.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielcrew

      @laverne: I think there should be charges bought up on the people who disrespect the president in public. Enough is enough.

      Well Laverne, the reason we don't bring charges against people who disrespect the president is because WE ARE NOT RUSSIA.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    I've always thought Obama was a cool President but after this awesome performance on Saturday with Sunday pending, I realize we also have the "coolest" President.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. msk

    A Trump/Palin or Palin/trump ticket would ensure Obama's re-election. So I encourage letting them be heard.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Upstaging Leno is not a difficult task. Leno should have stayed "retired".

    May 4, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. mattski

    I just think it's funny that Trump sits there with a scowl on his face – so entirely insecure that he can't laugh at himself, not even on the night when everyone is laughing at themselves. I just wonder what he was thinking there at the dinner? Did he think he was the only smart one in a room full of clowns? Too bad he couldn't see it was exactly the opposite. And he takes himself so seriously that he has to go on Fox and slam the comedians? Donald, please, please get a life.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. Astro Eng

    It's rather sad that being able to tell jokes is a trait we look for from our president now.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Chipthechamp

      Its almost like you and Revotutionary are trying to make us laugh at you!!

      May 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. REVOLUTIONARY

    My vote will go to RON PAUL, next election and make sure OBAMA gets out the white house, for he is doing nothing good for our people. PLEASE VOTE FOR, RAN PAUL FOR NEXT ELECTION.... RESPECT AND PEACE..

    May 4, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tisk

      It's your third try and you're still failing to spell his name.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Unruellie

      How is it even possible you spelled it wrong a third time? AAANNNNDD you spelled it wrong in 2 different ways within the same post! Why would anyone vote for someone when their fans are as uneducated and moronic as "Mr. Revolutionary"....sir there is nothing revolutionary about you...quite the contrary

      May 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ta da

      Don't you mean Bhopal?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Spehling Erirs

      Rev – you should just quit while you are behind.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthhurts

      Wow this is hysterical. Hey, you want to try for a third time?

      May 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anny Beth

      This, as a teacher, has to be one of the funniest trail of posts I've seen...haha!

      May 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      to Revolutionary:
      and while you're at it, learn how, to use, punctuation, in, your, sentences.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. REVOLUTIONARY

    TYPO.. "RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT..

    May 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • croshirts

      A typo is spelling it wrong 1 time. However, more than once throughout the same post = you had no clue how to spell his name :)

      May 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • croshirts

      HAHA. I thought after you said "TYPO" you spelled it currently. You still spelled it wrong. Maybe Rand Paul shouldn't do away with the Dept of Education.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You guys realize that Ron Paul is different person than Rand Paul, right?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  19. REVOLUTIONARY

    My vote will go to RAN PAUL, next election and make sure OBAMA gets out the white house, for he is doing nothing good for our people. PLEASE VOTE FOR, RAN PAUL FOR NEXT ELECTION.... RESPECT AND PEACE..

    May 4, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Maryann

      Ummmm....it's RAND Paul, not 'RAN'.

      You should at least know the NAME of the person you're voting for.

      This is why there should be a citizenship test in order to vote.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Notsuprisedyourdumb

      I'll vote for him when his supporters are able to spell his name.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • croshirts

      I was thinking of voting for RAN as well, but PALLIN is also impressing me. Maybe DANALD, or MICH DANIELLES? However, I'll probably settle for either NUTE or MIT

      May 4, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Unruellie

      A new level of stupidity lol

      May 4, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. BC

    It's easy to upstage Leno. His jokes are for stupid people.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. lance corporal

    OK 3 points 1) better than jay lamo? that's setting the bar low
    2) did you see the look on trumps face? I mean he always looks POed or constipated or both but wow he was just burning with rage, too funny
    3) daily show is a pool of talent since JS took it over, just amazingly good writers

    May 4, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  22. A

    I knew it was too good to be true to think that President Obama came up with his own jokes. But you have to admit...the president was much more funny than that one guy from SNL.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • croshirts

      You actually thought that any president wrote their jokes during these dinners?

      May 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. flamin sachs

    OMG ! I know yea right.I'd give them each a mushroom stamp on their cheeks.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  24. bestfriendquotes

    Daily Show writers are the best in business. Just look how many Emmys they have won.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  25. Colin Boyd

    Upstaging Jay Leno? Wow, he must have spent a good six, seven minutes writing jokes last year.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joe, San Diego

    President Obama had Trump eating crow!
    Donald Trump wants people to keep tuning in... trying to build of suspense for NOTHING!
    President Obama's birth was verified 3 years ago and when he was vetted too many have selective memory, beside Trump filed bankruptcy five times what makes him think he can handle the national budget or advise the military, he was married too many times to understand the concept of marriage, all the gay make-up artist and tv wardrobe men and he doesn't agree with gay rights... Trump, Sarah Palin are nut cases!

    May 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bruce

    It was a GREAT roast. I have to say, it amazes me that while this president was planning the demise of Americas #1 enemy, Trump and the tea-partiers were trying to bring up 'birther 2' and show the man was born in Kenya... pretty dumb.

    I'll take Obama in 2012, and NOT Trump or anything to do with the wackos, thanks.

    Well done Mr. President, on both accounts.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • WiMom

      Exactly my thoughts!!!

      May 4, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • RL Montoya

      The President was awesome as the 'Comedian in Chief' on Saturday night! I LOVED the Trump smackdown! If you watched Trump's reaction to all the roasting, he was none too happy.. Maybe Trump should shut his mouth next time and show a little RESPECT for our AMERICAN-BORN President!

      May 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Bruce

      If you believe for one second that Obama had anything to do with planning the demise of Osama, you're as wacko as those you criticize. He did what all politicians do.. took advantage of the moment to claim credit for the efforts of others. But hey it’s not like we are talking about the Nobel Peace Prize here. He earned that one ...right?

      May 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobPitt

      Sean, Sean... !!!

      He made the decision ot take Osama down.. is an executive decision.. he participated on the planning and execution..

      Do you really think Paling or Trump would of done better?

      Get back in the trailer and shut..

      May 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. John Sharp

    You have to give him credit, he was hilarious at this event. Trump was appropriately roasted for his stupidity.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      Obama has a great sense of humor and is just cool enough to carry it off in front of anyone. Agreed that Trump was appropriately roasted for his ignorance, arrogance and stupidity. As a nation, let's hope Trump doesn't fancy himself the leader of the free world, or the world is in a world of trouble. Seth Myers was a peach too! My husband and I laughed so hard.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Why would I give him credit for being hilarious when the article just said that a guy named Kevin wrote most of the jokes?

      May 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @Will...there are people who write and those who perform, some do both. Obama had to pull off the perfomance of the material. Think of it like the time you tried to re-tell something funny at work but it sucked. Like that but good.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gotan

      Will, a huge part of being a successful comedian is in the delivery. So, yes, President Obama does deserve credit for being hilarious for delivering the jokes so well.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobPitt

      @will

      You wrote "Why would I give him credit for being hilarious when the article just said that a guy named Kevin wrote most of the jokes?"

      Timing & Deliverance my friend timing & deliverance.. You may have the best joke in the world, but if you don’t have the right timing and deliverance, you have a bad joke…

      May 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. svann

    How many Al Qaeda does it take to change a light bulb?
    Bang
    Bang
    Bang
    How many you got?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |

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