Daniel Reskin

Daniel Reskin

Comedian Daniel Reskin

The 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner – Did She Go Too Far?

There’s healthy controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf at the White House Press Correspondents’ dinner. Did she go too far? Is the Fox headline true that she bombed because of cheap jokes about appearances and petty personal attacks?
As a public comedic service, and in the spirit of explaining jokes until they are no longer funny, here is a breakdown of the main controversy – four jokes made about Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

1. “We are graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I gotta say, I’m a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in the Handmaiden’s Tale.”
(This joke, while a physical comparison, is in no way negative. She simply connects that SHS looks like an actor from a show. The humor is that the show is about a women-controlling dystopia many have related to the administration’s tone.)

2. “Every time Sara steps up the podeum, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re gonna get – a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or dividied into softball teams. ‘It’s shirts vs skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch Jim Acosta!'”
(This joke compares SHS to a common character, the tough coach. It is a valid comparison watching SHS’ no-nonsense style at press briefings.)

3. “I actually really like Sarah, I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
(Another joke involving physical appearance, but not disparaging it. Smoky eye is an eye-shadow technique. She is actually complimenting her make-up while calling her a liar – bonus points.)

4. “And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Is it Sarah Sanders is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is It Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders…? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women that disappoint other white women? Oh I know, It’s Aunt Coulter.”
(This joke is about holding SHS responsible for the lies and spin she tells, and the damage it has done to women’s causes. This is especially ironic for those criticizing Wolf for “taking down another woman”.)

You can debate if these jokes are funny. You can debate if her grounds for her opinions are valid. You should really debate what comes out of Sarah Huckabee Sander’s mouth.
But you can’t say Michelle Wolf punched down.

We won the Phone It In Film Festival

Hey long time no post how ya been cool cool cool.

Here’s a video I made with writer and producer Nicole Ryan who is also my girlfriend, for the 2017 Phone It In Film Festival. The festival is run by the very funny comedian Zac Maas and features content shot entirely on phone cameras.

We managed to pull a win over an amazingly produced road warrior tribute. Kitties over post-apocalyptic murder scrambles, y’all.

Casa de Haha s2e3 – Allen

The Allen show is here! Join us as we venture into daytime talk with dancing, animals, cooking, and more!

Enjoy the full episode, or stick around for some bite sized clips! Thanks and apologies to Ellen.

Casa de Haha – the Ellen episode

The next episode of Casa de Haha is here!

We will pay tribute to everyone’s favorite de-generous comedian, Ellen!

Join us as part of the live studio audience!

Saturday, June 17 at 1pm

Denver Open Media – Studio A

More details, click the picture below!

Saturday, June 17, 1pm at Denver Open Media, Studio A

Contests and Con-Tests

TL;DR – Dando had a hot night. The Miami comedy scene is a charming wasteland. Denver’s Comedy Works club is a model that could help terraform bad comedy scenes into sustainable laughitats.

ComedyWorks New Faces Contest 21 – Round 1, Week 2 –
Anthony Armstrong, Daniel Reskin, Patrick Richardson, and Christie Buchele

 

This week I advanced to the second round in the Comedy Works New Faces contest!
 
I only mention it (humblebarf) for perspective. Back in my comedy-hometown, Miami, the current controversy is comedians using stolen/internet jokes to win contests.
 
If that sounds unbelievable, congratulations on having a good comedy childhood. Sadly, this is a regular crime in smaller scenes and outsider contests. The less connected and valued the comedy scene, the less that place will care about originality, creativity, and variety – things that true comedy scenes hold both sacred and basic.
 
It’s like how we can’t move forward with fighting climate change because Republicans won’t concede it’s a thing. The same goes with any scene that doesn’t reward originality, and see it as a foundational aspect of modern stand-up.

 

Comedy contest in themselves are curious beasts. I’ve never enjoyed them but learned to see their value – exposure, getting used to pressure, and getting used to failure. I’ve done a swath of dubious contests often because those were the only gigs available. I learned to see which contests were purely money-making schemes. I learned to Google random great jokes from stuttering first-timers. I learned sometimes they win anyway.

 

I’m not trying to brown-nose the club, but to relay to you my relief that business doesn’t always corrupt art. Sometimes it’s a trellis to grow juicy joke-matos (to later be thrown). A club that cares about who is on stage before how many are buying drinks is one of the pillars for a solid scene. It’s not a novel concept, but considering there are no surviving comedy clubs in South Florida – population 6 million – even the obvious ideas are spread along the beach like seashells, easily appreciated and forgotten.