As a high-profile female athlete in a sport dominated by good ol’ boys, you’d think NASCAR driver Danica Patrick would have developed an incredible tolerance for bad jokes about her.
Uh, apparently not.
Patrick appeared less than impressed with the work of comedian/actor Jay Mohr during the Sprint Cup banquet Friday night.
Mohr, who was the host for the event, directed a few (bad?) barbs at Patrick — “Danica, I hope you’re not too uncomfortable tonight. I know you’re not used to being this close to the front!” was one — and got the hairy eyeball from the racer for his efforts.
Patrick’s boyfriend, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse, played the role and, well, put on a sad face.
Rather than chuckling at the lame attempt at humour, Patrick mostly sat stoically during the monologue but grimaced and shook her head slowly on occasion. Clearly she wasn’t enjoying her moment in the spotlight.
‘Twas an awkward moment all around, I’m sure.
Granted, Patrick didn’t have a great year on the Sprint Cup circuit. And she has endured more than her share of criticism for daring to enter the testosterone-fueled world of motorsports.
But, cripes, will ya get a sense of humour, Danica? Being the butt of some bad jokes, even in front of your peers, isn’t something to get worked up about, is it?
Patrick got the last laugh, though, during her acceptance speech for one of the awards.
“I of course have to thank the fans, that’s why I have this award, I have amazing fans,” she said. “I’m so fortunate. And I think it’s pretty safe to say, Jay Mohr is not one of them.”