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Gossip Scribe Calls WHCD Weekend an ‘Acid Trip’

Heard on the Hill gossip columnists Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas were in high spirits at Atlantic Media owner David Bradley‘s pre-WHCD cocktail party Friday night.

“It feels like a catered three-day acid trip with an alcohol drip” Semnani told FBDC about her expectations for the weekend.

Rojas, sporting a cowlick on the left side of his head, seemed excited at the prospect of seeing Lindsay Lohan, who was invited to the dinner by FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale. “She’s a hot mess,” Rojas said of Lohan. “I wonder if she’ll miss her next flight,” he added, referring to news broken by TMZ that afternoon that Lohan had missed her initial flight to D.C.

Rojas described the actual dinner to us: “Food was terrible. Booze flowed like water. It was exactly how I remember my actual prom.” Eloquent in his brevity.

Semnani, on the other hand, didn’t attend the dinner. But on covering the pre-parties and Reuters News/McLaughlin brunch on Sunday, she said she’s exhausted. “I can’t wait for next weekend when I can kick back a bit.”

We hear ya.

‘Mama’s a Journo, Mama’s Borrowing’

Fab or Fug?

At David Bradley‘s pre-WHCD cocktail party Friday evening Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett was seen flaunting this chunky necklace along with a matching bracelet.

Bennett told FBDC both pieces of jewelry are from Tabandeh, a designer jewelry store located in Friendship Heights. The designer is Iradj Moini. Sounds expensive.

“Mama’s a journalist; Mama’s borrowing it,” Bennet said, explaining why she doesn’t own the pieces. She also told us the bigger gems can detach to become separate broaches.

We say: fab.

So How Did Jimmy Kimmel Do?

By now, POTUS has enough roasts under his belt to deliver a smooth comedy routine most every time. So, we all knew he would nail it. The real pressure was on the outsider, Jimmy Kimmel. You never know what you’re going to get. There was the uncomfortable, biting commentary of Stephen Colbert and then the blandness and desperation of Rich Little. Last year’s performer, Seth Myers, scored high marks, so the bar was set high for Kimmel. Though the reaction ranges from great to lukewarm to awful, he could have chopped a few minutes off his set. Kimmel devoted a section to Keith Olbermann and his unfriendly departure from Current TV. Naturally, the ultra-sensitive Olbermann took to Twitter to weigh in. We turned to Twitter to storify Kimmel’s performance.

Brunch at Hay Adams Concludes WHCD Sh-tstorm

The weather finally cleared up just in time to finish White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend at the Hay Adams hotel with Thomson Reuters/McLaughlin‘s annual brunch.

Though it was sunny and gorgeous outside, when FBDC hopped on the elevator to head up to the rooftop an attendee asked, “We don’t have to stay the whole time, do we?” We assured her she did not.

The Hill‘s Katy Oczypok was seen snapping photos of guests, and a little later, munching on the brunch fare (sausage, seasoned potatoes, different breads and a tower of fruit). “I think the rain kept a lot of the celebrities in,” she told us with a sigh when asked if she hit up any after parties last night after the WHCD. Cheer up, Oczypok. There’s always next year.

The event was relatively subdued until CBS’ Julie Chen let out a scream. “WE WENT TO USC JOURNALISM SCHOOL TOGETHER!” she said excitedly to her husband as she introduced an apparently long lost college friend.


The loudest TV host in Washington,  John McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters Stephen Adler, Author and ex-MSNBCer Pat Buchanan (pictured above wearing what appear to be goggles), Human Events Group Publisher Joe Guerriero accompanied by his wife, and publicist Janet Donovan.

Fab or Fug: Ed Hardy-inspired dress

Here’s a dark green sack dress with crystal-studded shoulders and a flaming Mercury Lead Sled splashed across the back.

Fug, of course.

Speaking of Ice…

Foreshadowing: Nikki in those tall — we’ll hand it to her — pretty heels. Even her sidekick co-writer, Jenny Rogers, stares at her colleague’s feet as if to say, “Girrrl, what the hell were you thinking?

The Washington Examiner‘s gossip scribe Nikki Schwab was on ice this weekend. As we’ve been reporting, especially toward the writers at FBDC. At the weekend festivities we even implemented an ice thermometer rating system for her. At last night’s pre-parties to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, she greeted us with a cold snarl on her way into the NJ/Atlantic/CBS party, saying (more like sneering), “Hi guys.”

By the way, we’re giving her nine ice cubes for last night.

But perhaps funniest was when she arrived home that night and actually needed ice.

Big Butts Abound at WHCD Weekend

White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend brings out the big egos and this year, for some reason, it’s bringing out the big butts. We’re especially excited to see Kim Kardashian‘s caboose.

Last night alone we snapped shots of the two asses below. The pink one is particularly bulbous. But the lumpy gray one takes the cake (and eats it, too).

These asses were spotted at at the TIME/People party (left) and The Atlantic/NJ/Funny or Die “First Amendement” party (right).

A Night In Hell – Part 2

Politico has compiled a list of which celebrities will be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner and which table they will be sitting at.  I hate them all, so I thought I’d take a look at each table and judge it in my usual caring way.

CBS “Homeland” star Claire Danes; “The Good Wife” actress Christine Baranski; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; Lt. Gen. George J. Flynn; Raymond Kelly, commissioner of the New York City Police Department; actor Daniel Dae Kim; Sen. Amy Klobuchar; American foreign policy adviser and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; Capt.”Sully” Sullenberger III; Rep. Allen West; Rep. Tim Scott.

This is the “serious” table, if by “serious” you mean boring. You’d find Jimmy Hoffa’s body before you’d find a sense of humor here. You accept an invitation to this table only to get you in the room, but you don’t spend time at it.

CNN’s Piers Morgan Actress Goldie Hawn.

“Actress” Goldie Hawn? Shouldn’t you have to have actually, I don’t know, acted in the last 20 years to be able to be called an “actress”? Goldie Hawn is like the K-Mart version of Elizabeth Taylor – someone famous for having once been famous (and that’s being very generous).

Fortune Actress Rashida Jones.

There will be more people at this dinner than people who watch “Community.” ‘Nuff said.

Fox News Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner.

Someone’s trying to get laid, married for a few days or crabs. With these two at your table, all options are possible.

Fox News Greta Van Susteren Actress Lindsay Lohan.

This is almost cruel. Bringing Lindsay Lohan to booze-fueled party? Why not just pick up your friend from rehab and take them to a crack den for old time’s sake?

Huffington Post Actor Daniel Day-Lewis; actress Dakota Fanning; Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer of “True Blood”; Darren Criss of “Glee”; Nasim Pedrad of “Saturday Night Live”; Attorney General Eric Holder; Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke; Sen. Rand Paul; White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

This table was chosen to be the “cool” table, but it’s not. Great actors do not make great company. Plus, everyone will be distracted by the people from “True Blood” because they’ll all be thinking “I’ve seen them naked.” And Sandra Fluke? Really? I guess it’s not surprising, someone always invites someone for “shock value.” I just hope someone tells her to go to Hell when she hits them all up for cab fare, because we know she doesn’t like to pay for things herself.

The New Yorker “Portlandia” stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein; actor Jason Schwartzman; Aziz Ansari of “Parks and Recreation.”

This is the “hipster” table. They won’t talk to anyone, they’ll expect people to approach them. As is the case with hipsters, they will be pointed at with the question “Who’s the douchehole wearing the bolo tie?” and that’s about it. They will blame everyone else for their unpopularity. Plus, how can anyone eat with Schwartzman’s eyebrows threatening them all night? On a side note, this is where you will undoubtedly also find Dave Weigel circling all night waiting for his “in.”

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Actress Reese Witherspoon; “The Help” star Viola Davis; J.R. Martinez of “Dancing With the Stars”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Gen. David Petraeus; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Sen. Susan Collins; Rep. Steny Hoyer; Rep. Carolyn Maloney; Ambassador Melanne Verveer; Gov. Jerry Brown; Washington attorney Bob Barnett.

Everything I’ve ever heard about Reese Witherspoon leads me to believe everyone will tire of her perkiness after about 10 minutes. The only hope for this table is if Gov. Brown brings some medical marijuana for everyone, but I get the feeling Steny Hoyer would be a narc.

A Night In Hell – Part 1

Politico has compiled a list of which celebrities will be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner and which table they will be sitting at.  I hate them all, so I thought I’d take a look at each table and judge it in my usual caring way.

ABC Sofia Vergara; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family”; Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence of “Cougar Town”; “Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks; actor Paul Rudd; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

This is one of the worst tables on Earth, sitting at it is almost like punishment. “Cougar Town” sucks. They’ve managed to milk a joke to death that jumped the shark before their show even started. “Modern Family” might as well be called “Stereotypes, INC.” Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd could be cool, but meeting them will probably only confirm that they’re not. Gov. Christie will be loud and eat all the food and someone has to be on mustache patrol for Axelrod all night (how much food will that beast collect?) The other two = snore.

AFP Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of “Mythbusters”; writer Colm Toibin; DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard.

The “Mythbusters” guys are only fun when blowing shit up, and there aren’t enough hookers in Colombia to distract the Secret Service into NOT frisking them like they’re getting a colonoscopy. And a writer and a DNC executive? Forget booze, you’re going to need a few 5 Hour Energy Drinks to get through this boring table without drowning in your soup.

Atlantic Media Actress Rosario Dawson; chef José Andrés; “Sex and the City” writer Darren Star; Stacey Snider, co-chairwoman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios; Nancy Ann DeParle, deputy chief of staff for policy at the White House.

Rosario Dawson is hot, but only in the looks department. She’s there every year, but why? She’s a B- lister at best. A celebrity chef and the guy who gave us the original 90210? This would be a hot table…1993. And unless you’ve got a pitch to make about a caterpillar who saves the world, who cares about the head of Dreamworks? Throw in a policy wonk and “blech!”

American Urban Radio Networks Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, actress Tamara Tunie.

Stevie Wonder would be cool to meet, but only for a minute. The guy has been denied an education because he could sing, so mining his brain for interesting conversation would be like swimming in a puddle. I had to Google Tamara Tunie and already forgot who she is. Boring.

Bloomberg Actress Zooey Deschanel.

Zooey is hot, but that’s it. Her quirkiness wears thinner than cheap soup after about 3 minutes.

Bloomberg BNA Actress Holly Robinson Peete.

Was the cast of “Facts of Life” unavailable? No one from “Empty Nest” could make it? If you do an Internet search for Holly Robinson Peete, Google asks you why you’re wasting its time.

Curling Up With Lindsay Lohan

Joe Curl, who works for Drudge and is a columnist for TWT, brushed with greatness today at Tammy Haddad‘s and Hilary Rosen‘s famed garden brunch. Lindsay was polite but kept things low-key, kept mostly to herself, wore dark glasses and so forth.

Amazing that Washington’s longtime journo, the unassuming Curl, managed to snag this picture with the starlet. “And a monster is created,” said our spy.

Dangerous Party Couch

This dark gray leather couch may seem like an innocuous piece of furniture found at last night’s Funny or Die/Atlantic/NJ party at 1800 L St. Sponsored by Volkswagon, they somehow fit actual cars inside the party space. As you can see from the photograph at right, even a potential romantic hot spot. But downstairs in the darkened vast bar area was this gray piece of furniture that matched the carpet maybe a little too perfectly and caused a fair amount of trouble.

Needless to say this became FishbowlDC’s home base.

Early on in the party, a man walked by and completely wiped out, sprawling all over the couch. He managed to get himself upright rather quickly as people watched. No one really had to help him but some inquired if he was okay. Later in the night, a woman wasn’t nearly so lucky — she fell backwards onto it. And still later, in the thick of the alcohol-soaked party haze, a woman tripped over it to the point where her necklace was up over her face and she was entirely splayed on the floor. We tried to snap pictures, but the whole thing happened so fast and Eddie ( who was laughing and yelling at me not to take pictures of this) prevented me from getting the shot in time. About four people helped this last woman up.

By the end of the evening there should have been a team of medics standing by this thing.

At one point we anticipated that NYT Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse, who stopped by to chat with the Fishbowl team, might topple over it (horribly Peter said he had his camera ready just in case), but Hulse, after talking with us about music, his band and reporters, walked smoothly past the danger couch and made his way to the bar.