Julia Louis-Dreyfus Slams Brett Kavanaugh While Accepting Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
“I attended Holton-Arms, a girls school in the Washington area,” said the 57-year-old Veep star at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “It has been in the news lately.”
Holton-Arms is located in Bethesda, Maryland, and is the same school that Kavanaugh’s first sexual assault accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, attended when she was in high school.
“Back in fourth grade, as a matter of fact, I was in a very serious Holton-Arms production of ‘Serendipity,’” Louis-Dreyfus continued.
“You know it’s funny with us Holton girls — I remember every detail of that play. I could swear to it under penalty of perjury,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “And yet, I don’t remember who drove me to the show or who drove me home,” the actress stated, as the crowd applauded.
Louis-Dreyfus — who late last year was diagnosed with breast cancer — went on to mock Kavanaugh, 53, for his testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee last month after Ford brought forward the sexual assault allegations. Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court by a vote of 50 to 48. The former Seinfeld star poked fun at the names of Kavanaugh’s former high school classmates.
“[I don’t remember] if Squee or Tobin were there. Or if Bart put it on his weird wall calendar,” she added.
Louis-Dreyfus was one many Holton-Arms alumni to add her name to a letter of support for Ford last month.
Many of Kavanaugh’s defenders criticized Ford’s Senate testimony because she couldn’t remember all the details of the alleged assault, like what the house looked like and how she got home. President Donald Trump even mocked her at a rally because of this.
“This, by the way, is totally true and not some kind of subtle attack on our newest Supreme Court justice — for God’s sake the man has suffered enough,” Louis-Dreyfus joked.
Louis-Dreyfus went on to say she doesn’t believe any part of politics is funny anymore, but suggested viewers watch her HBO show if they’re looking for laughs.
“I don’t think it’s that funny anymore, to tell you the truth,” she said. “If you want to get funny, watch ‘Veep.’ That’ll maybe take you out of this situation.”
Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t the only one to make political jokes, however.
Tina Fey, another Saturday Night Live alum who famously played 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the sketch comedy series, said she and Louis-Dreyfus “both won Emmys for playing people who should never be vice president.”
Fey went on to take a jab at the Trump administration.
“By the way, everyone talks about all the parallels between ‘Veep’ and the current administration,” Fey said. “But I think it’s more like ‘Seinfeld’: just a bunch of selfish dicks who don’t give a crap about anyone other than themselves.”
Kumail Nanjiani, the star of The Big Sick and Silicon Valley, also joked that Louis-Dreyfus should run for president. He used Trump’s famous “drain the swamp” promise for his quip.
“[Louis-Dreyfus] will deplete the marsh. She will diminish the bog. She will empty the quagmire,” he said.
Among the other celebrities who praised Louis-Dreyfus for her work were Jerry Seinfeld, Veep co-star Tony Hale, Late Show host Stephen Colbert, singer Jack Johnson and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who also played Mark Twain at one point in the ceremony.
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