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WHCA Dinner

WHCD Party Invites: Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism

White House Correspondents Weekend is right around the corner, and talk of “Did you get that invite?” has already begun.

Well we have, and here’s what’s first on the agenda.

The inaugural “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism” on Thursday, May 1 from 6 – 8:30 pm, co-hosted by Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus, NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin, Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrell Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS News’ Jan Crawford, and The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe.

Sorry folks…location and RSVP dets omitted. More invites TK.

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May 4th a Good Day for McHale-Watching

Comedian Joel McHale tells DC Mag in their April issue that Georgetown is a “magical little neighborhood,” and says that he plans on sightseeing with his family when he comes to town to host the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 3rd.

“I’m solely focused on this event,” he told the magazine. “But I’m bringing my family and my children. I’ll be able to tour around the day after.”

When asked how he plans on greeting the President for the first time, McHale jokes, “I’ll probably bow and say, ‘Good evening,’ Your Majesty.’”

The star of “Community” and “The Soup,” McHale was selected February 14th as the host for the dinner. Check out the rest of the interview in your nearest copy of DC, or visit the online version.

MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Joel McHale to Host WHCA Dinner

The White House Correspondents Association announced today that Joel McHale will host its centennial Correspondents Dinner. That’s right, this thing has been going on for 100 years! The “Community” star and “The Soup” host (our personal favorite McHale iteration) has big shoes to fill. Last year’s host, Conan O’Brien was widely praised for his routine, and Stephen Colbert delivered perhaps the best act in recent memory during the Bush presidency.

But McHale’s biggest competition may actually be Barack Obama. The President has displayed a sharp sense of humor at the event over the years; and has often upstaged the comedian who gets hosting duty -remember his birth video?  McHale will also have to decide how edgy he wants to be. In the best case scenario, the WHCA Dinner is an opportunity for a performer to use comedy to speak truth to power. But it’s not easy. Wanda Sykes might be a good example of a comedian who went too far, while Ray Romano or Darrel Hammond, for example, played it safe.

Colbert, by contrast, got it just right. Sure, he left the room feeling uncomfortable, but he manged to deliver a pointed critique of Bush’s policies on Iraq, the NSA, and more, all with genuine wit and intelligence. McHale is known for being fairly witty himself, though it’s unclear if he has the political chops to delivery a truly memorable roast. One thing’s for sure though. These days, with the Correspondents Dinner having morphed into a huge media spectacle, a good performance can cement a comedian’s reputation as one of the greats. And a flop can be hard to live down.

Break a leg Joel!

 

Nerd Prom Material

Looking for your date to Nerd Prom? It’s never to early to start! And Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Jonathan Cheban isn’t a bad ask. Especially if you’re also looking to score past year’s popular guests Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.

Kim K bestie Cheban will host a night at The Huxley (1730 M St. NW) Friday, Jan. 17. Our guess is he’ll at least consider your invitations to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In addition to his appearances on KUWTK, he recently appeared on Bravo’s seventh season of Millionaire Matchmaker and this past November, co-hosted Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE!, a pre-show to the 2013 American Music Awards.

As for The Huxley, this isn’t the first time celebs have walked through its doors. Owners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund have also attracted Lebron JamesMichael Phelps, and Lil Jon, among others, to their venue as well as hosted private events for HBO, GQ Magazine, Comcast/NBCUniversal, and Clear Channel.

To reserve your table, call 202.737.3783. Fingers crossed Jonathan says yes!

Madeleine Albright Unveils WHCD Brooch

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has always been known for her collection of brooches. When we spotted her at The AtlanticNJ and CBS pre-WHCD party, we just had to stop her to snap a pic of her brooch. She happily stopped maneuvering through the crowd long enough for me to take a picture of this flowery vine piece she was wearing.

 

National Journal Party Has Potty Issues

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.

That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.

“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”

The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.

The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?

“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.

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No Shoes, No Problem for Kathleen Turner

While most people opt to get dressed up for the White House Correspondents Dinner, we spotted a few folks who went “dressy-casual” for the event. There were lots of tuxes with no cummerbund or vest. There were a few bros sporting suits without ties. But, no one got more comfortable than actress Kathleen Turner.

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Wemple, Albright Cut Lines WHCD Weekend

It’s one thing to stand in long lines to enter any number of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend parties. It’s another when it comes to waiting at the bar for a drink or buffet for food once you’re inside. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright have figured out how to bypass the latter.

At a pre-party hosted by The Atlantic, NJ and CBS on Saturday, Albright was spotted jumping to the front of a line building up at one of the event’s three fully-stocked bars. The line was eight people-deep but nobody had the heart to stand up to the 75-year-old, 5’5″ woman. After getting her drink, Albright stepped aside to engage in conversation with Howard Fineman, editorial director of AOL-HuffPost Media Group.

Fast-forward to Sunday’s brunch at the Hay Adams rooftop, hosted by Thomson-Reuters and Yahoo! News. There, Wemple was seen cutting a line stretched out for one of the food bars that featured seafood, cheeses and breads.

When alerted of his faux pas, Wemple said he was aware, that it was a mistake and that by the time he realized, it was too late. He just had to commit and finish what he started, piling on the cocktail shrimp to his plate. He told FishbowlDC that he would go to the back of the line immediately and do things right. He did. And for that, we commend him for his amended party behavior at the swanky brunch.

Gay Republican Amps Up Yoga Routine for WHCD Weekend

On again-off again Washington journalist and owner of Bikram Yoga Capitol Liz Glover says she’s seen an increase in attendance at her yoga classes ahead of White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. “Folks have been sweating at Bikram Yoga Capitol all week in preparation for WHCD festivities,” she tweeted Thursday.

Well, those gowns and tuxes aren’t getting any looser, are they?

“We’ve had some ladies come in to get their sweat on in anticipation of donning evening dresses for the big night,” Glover told FishbowlDC. She said among her clients getting in some extra downward-dog time is Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the Gay Republican group GOProud.

LaSalvia told us that as a “homocon,” (“Washington’s ultimate outsider”) he won’t be going to the actual dinner but that he has… Read more

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