Wanda Sykes caused major controversy when she headlined the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009.
Sykes’ best line in 2009: “Dick Cheney, oh my God, he’s a scary man, scares me to death. I tell my kids, I says, ‘Look, if two cars pull up, and one has a stranger, and the other car has Dick Cheney, you get in the car with the stranger.’”
Sykes’ other zinger:
WANDA SYKES, COMEDIAN: Rush Limbaugh, one of your big critics — boy, Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. You know, so you’re saying, I hope America fails. You’re, like, I don’t care about people losing their homes or jobs or our soldiers in Iraq. He just wants the country to fail. To me, that’s treason. He’s not saying anything different than what Usama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin, he missed his flight.
SYKES: Too much? But you’re laughing inside. I know you’re laughing!
SYKES: Rush Limbaugh! I hope the country fails? I hope his kidneys fail, how about that?
SYKES: Needs a little waterboarding, that’s what he needs.
Watch Sykes’ performance:
Here’s part one of Stephen Colbert from 2006, in a performance that made the people in the room, including President Bush, EXTREMELY uncomfortable. In that sense, it was one of the bravest performances in WHCD history.
And here’s part two:
Here’s a clip from David Letterman’s performance in 2007, as he delivers a top ten list George W. Bush probably did not enjoy:
CBS has more clips from memorable nerd proms past.