Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Who Will Host the WHCD?


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The White House Correspondents Dinner is, essentially, a rest stop before the big-ass Bloomber Party (Or, as Cedric the Entertainer called it, "The B-Diddy event"). And, quite frankly, who can resist the allure of having your gussied up image replayed on C-Span for all the retirees in Iowa to see? C-Span is, like, HBO for those who have no chic. (Averted Gaze) Can you resist rubbing elbows with Newsweek's Howard Fineman, like Meg Ryan -- pre-fucked up plastic surgery -- did?

Last year's attendees included, surrealy: Venus and Serena Williams, Al Sharpton, Goldie Hawn, former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis and, for good measure, Elle MacPherson. According to Garrett at FishbowlDC:

"If it's a new year, then it's never too early to start gossiping about Prom (a.k.a. the White House Correspondents Association dinner). Karen Feld says the WHCA is having some trouble tracking down a headliner:

"'No kidding: Who can follow Laura?... It's a question being asked almost as much as who will host this year's Oscars. The president's popularity in the entertainment industry hasn't made a comeback, and first choice comedian Jerry Seinfeld turned the gig down. Insiders tell me he's just not a Bush fan and didn't want to sit on the dais with the president and roast him in front of the press corps. David Letterman and 'The Daily Show's' Jon Stewart have also sent regrets this year. Jay Leno would be pleased to do it for a third time if asked, but the WHCA hasn't decided whether to go that route again. Whoever accepts the disputable honor may have to follow first lady Laura Bush, a tougher act than her husband. Regardless of the entertainment, the dinner at the Washington Hilton where pressies compete for top sources and celebrities as guests is still the hottest ticket in town - sort of the Super Bowl of schmoozing.'"

Save us from the cornmeal-bland comedic stylings of Jay Leno. (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment) But seriously, who can top a Laura Bush "Desperate Housewives" joke? Well, since we are lobbying hard and hungry for Larry David to host the Oscars, how about Tina Fey?

Yeah, she's got a sharp edge, but she'll be respectful of the office of the President, and, better yet, funny -- something Jay Leno is not.

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