ABOVE: Watch Joel McHale at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
TORONTO — Washington power players had some laughs at Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s expense Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“People say Toronto mayor Rob Ford is a clumsy mess but he can’t help it, he’s a big guy,” said Joel McHale, the featured comedian for the gala event.
“He’s like a bull in a crack pipe shop.”
McHale began by telling the crowd of journalists, celebrities and politicians (including U.S. president Barack Obama) that he was thrilled to be in Washington — “the city that started the whole crack-smoking mayor craze.”
D.C. mayor Marion Barry was arrested in 1990 after being caught on camera smoking crack cocaine.
McHale’s Ford jab wasn’t the only Canadian content in his speech.
“Between Rob Ford, Justin Bieber and Ted Cruz, you just want to tell Canada, ‘Hey, hey, relax. We already have a Florida,” he said.
McHale took another shot at Cruz, the Calgary-born Texas senator. “The Tea Party is anti-socialism and anti-immigration so it makes sense that their hero is a Cuban from Canada.”
Later, McHale said the relationship between Hollywood and Washington has been “a long and fruitful one.”
He added: “You give us tax credits for film and television production and in return we bring much-needed jobs to hard-working American cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Vancouver again.”
McHale’s speech also took aim at the Obamacare website, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, cable news networks CNN and Fox News, and the Kardashians.
McHale is host of The Soup and stars in the comedy series Community.