Who Is Michelle Wolf? Meet the Comedian Who Mocked Trump Staffers to Their Faces at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Michelle Wolf, a comedian and former Daily Show With Trevor Noah correspondent, drew both uncomfortable laughter and some gasps with a scathing routine as host of the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night.

Nothing was off-limits at the annual gathering of political figures and journalists as Wolf lampooned President Donald Trump's sex life, mocked Vice President Mike Pence's anti-abortion politics and called Sarah Huckabee Sanders a liar right to her face. At one point, Wolf acknowledged the visible discomfort in the room and joked, "Yeah, [you] shoulda done more research before you got me to do this."

It was a vicious critique of an administration in apparent chaos, and it seemed to have the desired effect: Wolf's jokes provoked current and former members of the Trump administration who were in attendance, a list that included Kellyanne Conway, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and former press secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer tweeted that the dinner was "a disgrace."

The president, who declined to attend the event for the second year in a row, tweeted that the comedian "bombed." (Watch some highlights from Wolf's performance here.)

Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix

Wolf is a 32-year-old stand-up comedian whose career in late-night television began when she was hired in 2014 to write for Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she frequently appeared on-camera and sometimes portrayed her fictional character "Grown-Up Annie," a grown-up version of Little Orphan Annie.

Wolf's profile rose when she became a contributor on The Daily Show during the spring of 2016.

She has appeared in many Daily Show segments throughout the last two years, but she also continued to hone her stand-up skills off-camera, "performing as many as 15 or 20 sets a week, by her estimate, at clubs like the Comedy Cellar and Village Underground," according to a New York Times profile.

In late 2017, Wolf got her own HBO stand-up special, Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady. In May, she will be the star of a new Netflix series, The Break With Michelle Wolf.

Wolf told the New York Times that she was initially ambivalent about hosting the Correspondents' Association dinner.

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Indeed, Wolf's raunchy routine has subjected her to scrutiny and criticism from conservatives, Washington personalities and even some journalists. (Wolf didn't shy away from mocking the opportunistic media, which "created this monster," in her remarks.)

Right-wing commentators (including lobbyist Matt Schlapp) have reacted with outrage, desciribing her performance as "tasteless" and "twisted."

Wolf’s tasteless routine at the #WHCD is exactly why America hates the out-of-touch leftist media and Hollywood elites. That was disgusting, classless, and not even remotely funny. @PressSec, keep up the good work.

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 29, 2018

My wife @mercedesschlapp and I walked out early from the wh correspondents dinner. Enough of elites mocking all of us

— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) April 29, 2018

Completely appalled by the so called and twisted comedian at the #WHCA dinner who attacked @SarahHuckabee.

— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) April 29, 2018

The worst part of Michelle Wolf’s garbage performance last night wasn’t her nasty riff on Huckabee Sanders. It was that dumpster fire abortion joke. But few were as offended by her literally celebrating baby killing as they were by her knocking eye shadow.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2018

But Wolf also converted new fans with her willingness to call out Trump staffers to their face, and riff plainly and impolitely on a presidency that has never shied away from vulgarity. The backlash will likely only help the comedian increase her profile right before her Netflix series is scheduled to debut.