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Jimmy Kimmel Will Host White House Correspondents' Dinner

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 1st 2011 9:35AM
Jimmy KimmelLate-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host next year's prestigious White House Correspondents' Association dinner, People reports.

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."

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Jon Stewart Has Fun With Donald Trump's Very Bad Weekend (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted May 3rd 2011 5:20AM
'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'During Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Barack Obama and the event's host Seth Meyers hit Donald Trump with joke after joke, while Trump sat in the audience stony-faced.

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'."

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Tracy Morgan: Michelle Obama Is a 'Tall Mountain' That I'd Like to Climb (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 19th 2011 4:30AM
Tracy Morgan Talks Michelle Obama on 'Lopez Tonight'When a randy Tracy Morgan visited 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), he demonstrated the freedom of speech we have under the First Amendment. Because surely if we didn't have that right, he'd be in big trouble right now.

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.

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Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:00PM
Seth MeyersSeth Meyers is the latest comedian tasked with skewering the political elite in front of their faces -- er, hosting the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

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.

In other TV news ...

James Franco is returning to 'General Hospital.' The Oscar host will guest star on the soap in February when he's in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. [TV Guide]

Freddie Smith will play Teddy's new love interest on '90210.' The newcomer was cast after the actor who plays Teddy's current flame, Kyle Riabko, left the show to take part in pilot season. [Movieline]

David E. Kelley gave an update on the 'Wonder Woman' project he's developing. "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley said. "It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going." [Zap2it]

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Tracy Morgan Loves Colin Powell, Says Mel Gibson Is 'Hip-Hop' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 15th 2010 6:50AM
Tracy Morgan Loves Colin Powell, Says Mel Gibson Is 'Hip-Hop'Tracy Morgan felt "overwhelmed" throughout the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last May, he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). "I see you sitting there with Michelle [Obama]," he told Jay Leno. "That was awesome. You see me wink at you?"

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.

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Obama Makes Jay Leno Jokes at White House Correspondents Dinner (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 3rd 2010 8:10AM
Obama Teases Jay Leno at Correspondents DinnerEveryone has had their say on the late-night TV wars of last January -- the talk-show hosts, television industry critics, celebrity insiders, and all the Team Leno vs. Team Conan fans. Everyone except President Barack Obama, that is.

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.

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Jay Leno hosting White House Correspondents Dinner

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 27th 2010 8:00PM
Does it seem like in this wintry economic climate that all the guys who have the jobs are the ones who keep ending up with more jobs?

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?

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Why hasn't John Hodgman scored his own show?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 28th 2009 11:29AM
humorist John Hodgman, author of Uber-humorist John Hodgman has a wit that hasn't been seen since the likes of Robert Benchley. His uncanny ability to turn his know-it-all prowess and droll delivery into brilliant comedy deserves scientific study.

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?

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Sykes gives us a taste of her talk show, right cross

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 14th 2009 10:03AM
Wanda Sykes at the White House Correspondents' DinnerEvery year, C-SPAN looks forward to a sharp boost in ratings while the White House press secretary cringes towards a sharp drop in approval points in the long shadow of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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.

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Craig Ferguson inks deal for memoirs

by Allison Waldman, posted May 8th 2008 3:36PM
Craig Ferguson 1How hot is Craig Ferguson? By my thermometer, he's sizzling. His Late Late Show has risen up to challenge Conan O'Brien in the Nielsens, he was the emcee at the White House Press Correspondents dinner -- riffing on W. right to his face! -- and now the publishing world wants his story. HarperCollins has signed Craig Ferguson to write American on Purpose, the story of his life from small town Scottish boy to big time talk show comic. The book is due to be published in the fall of 2009.

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."

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Ferguson tops Conan for the first time

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2008 10:09AM
Craig FergusonThings are heating up in the late, late night wars. That's the 12:35 AM talk shows, as opposed to the late night 11:35 shows. In the most recent Nielsen ratings, Craig Ferguson's CBS Late Late Show rated higher than Conan O'Brien's Late Night. That's the first time that's ever happened, and industry analysts are scratching their heads to figure out if this is the pendulum swinging in CBS's direction, or simply a minor glitch in NBC's late night dominance.

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.

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Colbert's speech now on DVD

by Adam Finley, posted May 8th 2006 4:09PM

stephen colbertSo 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.

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The Daily Show: May 3, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted May 5th 2006 8:18AM
Jon StewartMexico's Vincent Fox is planning for the legalization of several drugs in small amounts for personal use. Yup, this will include cocaine, heroine, and marijuana (craziest Spring Break ever). Jon was kind enough to warn us to drink only the bottled bong water in Mexico. He also showed us that the legalization will serve very well with our immigration issue: Mexicans will keep flocking to America for jobs, Americans will flock to Mexico to get hammered and fall into the Gulf. Excellent.

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People are still talking about Colbert

by Joel Keller, posted May 4th 2006 6:31PM
Colbert at the Correspondents' DinnerAre you sick of reading the analysis of Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner yet? I am. I mean, I haven't seen something so inconsequential polarize so many people since "Clay vs. Ruben". It seems like most of the analysts fall into two camps: either Colbert is a patriot and a hero for mocking the Bush administration and the media right to their uncomfortable little faces, or he was a blowhard that just wasn't funny, no matter who he was skewering. USA Today recaps the latest columnists to weigh in on the matter.

Really, folks, it was a glorified stand-up routine. It's almost a week already; it's time for us to move on.

[Photo: Mandel Nagan/Getty Images]

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The Daily Show: May 1, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted May 2nd 2006 8:29PM
The Daily ShowJon Stewart was terrified by the image of two Dubyas on C-SPAN this Saturday (Myth: Bush has started reproducing asexually to build his Bush-Army. Fact: It was a Bush impersonator helping the president out on his speech), but calmed himself down once he saw his buddy Stephen Colbert take the stage. Stewart gave major props to Stephen Colbert for his performance at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (an event at which the White House and the press "consummate their loveless marriage"). He called it "ballsalicious" and remarked, "We've never been prouder of him but... and... holy shit." His praise sounded like that of a proud father. I love the friendship between Jon and Stephen. As a viewer, one can really feel it. Group hug!

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