White House Correspondents Dinner
The event -- attended by the President, the First Lady and a host of other government officials, political journalists and prerequisite celebrity guests -- will take place on April 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C., with proceeds going towards funding scholarships for aspiring journalists.
"I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner," Kimmel said in a statement. "I love dinner."
Then, on Sunday, President Obama's surprise announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. special forces preempted Trump's show, 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart tied it all together by saying he'd watched 'Celebrity Apprentice' to see if the "absolute shellacking" of Trump "had left a visible mark."
"I'm watching this 'Apprentice' episode. ... Even though the episode had been taped prior to the Correspondents' Dinner, the demolition of Trump at the Correspondents' Dinner was so thorough I thought it might actually supersede the rules of dimensional time and space and leave a mark on future episodes of 'The Apprentice'."
Morgan recalled his experience at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Apparently First Lady Michelle Obama greeted him, and he "got hard."
"Michelle looked like a tall mountain, and I'm gonna climb it just 'cause it's there," Morgan said. George Lopez seemed stunned, but he and the studio audience laughed at the joke.
Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More
CNN reports that the 'Saturday Night Live' head writer will take a stab at in-person satire when he emcees the April 30 event, which the president usually attends.
Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Jay Leno have made headlines for their hosting turns in years past. Meyers is already scheduled to host the 2011 ESPYs.
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Well, as host of the event, Leno was somewhat preoccupied. No matter. The highlight was meeting Colin Powell. "He like knocked down two people to get to me, and he hugged me. I started crying and everything ... I said, 'Sir, I hope you don't mind if I tell people you're my biological father.'"
Morgan didn't reveal how Powell responded. But the comedian went on to give his take on the latest Mel Gibson scandal.
With Jay Leno sitting just a few feet away at the White House Correspondents Dinner (Sat., 9PM ET on MSNBC), Obama added his own commentary.
Soon-to-be former Jay Leno Show host Jay Leno has been tapped by the White House to host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
Please don't tell me that Conan O'Brien wasn't available. And besides, I thought O'Brien and President Obama were friends?
I'm not saying he needs a complete autopsy. Maybe just a little exploratory brain surgery that doesn't do any permanent damage to the neurons and synapses that allow him to conjure long lists of hobo names and an incredibly detailed history of the American lobster. Trust me, there is a hilarious global warming cure in that noggin somewhere.
So after watching his brilliant and funny performance at the White House Radio and Television Correspondence Dinner (Speaking of which, didn't we just have one? How many of these damn dinners do they need? Are television reporters experiencing a major shortage of grilled chicken?), a lingering but obvious thought occurred. Why does this man not have his own television show?
It's a chance for the current administration to let their hair down and show everyone that they can take a good joke and stand some pointed criticism in the K-Street jungle. That should explain why the last Bush administration hired Rich Little to do their show in '07.
As the title suggests, a big part of the story is Craig's choice to become an American citizen, which he did earlier this year. Craig said he hopes the book "...will inspire other alcoholic punk rock drummers from Scotland to find their true place in U.S. late night television." Well, I say to that, hooray! The talk show host also cracked, "I wanted to get the story down before I get so old I forget it and start believing the crap on Wikipedia."
NBC has declared that it supports Conan O'Brien completely and is unconcerned about the gradual shift in the numbers that have been going on for a while. It's in NBC's interest that Conan remain a strong player, especially since he will be taking over the Tonight show in the near future -- once Jay Leno's contract comes to an end in 2009. While tipping its cap to Ferguson for the ratings victory, NBC also noted that in the 18-49 demographic, Conan is still the leader in that time slot.
So you saw him at the White House Correspondents Dinner, watched the clips on YouTube and GoogleVideo, and talked about it ad nauseam on this very site and various other blogs and messageboards. Of course, I'm talking about Kenneth T. Walsh, chief correspondent for US News and World Report. Seriously, who let that guy speak, anyway? Don't they have some kind of screening process for these kind of events?
Yeah, okay, I'm actually talking about Stephen Colbert, who was either very funny or very not funny, depending on, well, whether you thought he was funny or not. Anyway, several blogs have been reporting that the DVD of the event is now available on the CSPAN Web site. Of course, you can also just watch the event on GoogleVideo, too, but you don't get the joy of loading a disc into something, which is really what life is all about.
Really, folks, it was a glorified stand-up routine. It's almost a week already; it's time for us to move on.
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