The movie producer revealed that after meeting former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett in 2010, he kept dreaming of writing jokes for the president at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. At first, Apatow said, Lovett blew him off. But a year later, Apatow was called upon to contribute.
“When I worked at the Correspondents’ Dinner and gave some jokes that were performed, I was just amazed at how good he [Obama] was at standup,” Apatow recalled.
“Although Judd Apatow, you have to take some responsibility for the current events because you participated in maybe the most famous Obama White House Correspondents’ Dinner routine ever, which was 2011,” he said. “Donald Trump was sitting in the audience. I think I was two tables away from him and watched his face as these jokes landed.”
Axelrod continued: “You couldn’t help but do it [watch] because they were so brutal. But one particular joke was the president recounting some of the highlights of that season’s ‘Apprentice’ in the context of, you know, leadership and, well played, sir.”
Trump was also on the receiving end of some jokes the same evening by comedian Seth Meyers.
And that, Axelrod said in jest, is why Trump is president today.
“I’ve got enough guilt as a Jew,” Apatow cracked back. “I don’t need to be responsible for Trump.”