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Dirty Daddy Bob Saget Opens Up at P.J. Clarke’s

20140410_191649Last night at P.J. Clarke’s Sidecar, Bob Saget stopped by to discuss and answer questions about his publishing debut, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. Looking as if he hasn’t aged since working on the set of Full House, Saget reminisced about his time on the show and of his own family, with some not-so-Danny-Tanner jokes and quips.

At times, Saget appeared nervous and possibly as if what he was about to say was upsetting, but everything came full circle with a dirty joke from America’s most famous dad.

“This book has opened up me wanting to just talk from my heart but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to go lower than my heart also,” said Saget, before an audience of at least 70, equally split between men and women.

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Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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“Veep” Stars Walk the Carpet in D.C.

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The cast from HBO’s upcoming series “Veep” were in town yesterday to promote the political comedy with a screening at the U.S Institute of Peace.

It was mostly peaceful, but packed which made for dicey moments on the red carpet.

“Veep” focuses on a clueless vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and her bumbling staff.

FBDC asked the show’s starring actors about their thoughts on the D.C. culture and what parts of it were amplified in the series.

“The closer you are to the popular kids, the more powerful people feel,” said Tony Hale, who plays a personal aide to the Vice President. “[It's] just like high school. There’s a lot of high school happening in both here and L.A.”

Timothy Simons took special note of Washington’s crappy sense of style. “There’s a fashion sense from 10 years previous,” said the actor who plays the White House Liaison to Dreyfuss’ character. “A general sense that nobody has time to ever buy new clothes. So I think it’s like the clothes you have in college, you just hope that those fit you until you’re 35. And at that point you would have time to shop for new clothes.”

Simons said he prepared for his role by reading “D.C. Interns,” a popular blog about interns in Washington. He said the blog taught him about about “calling interns out on wearing their intern badges” at inappropriate places.

Matt Walsh plays the Communications Director in “Veep.” He told us the first thing he learned about the D.C press corps in preparing for his role is that “the best play in any crisis or any gaffe is to not say anything [else] and to smile your way through it.” Smaller blogs break the stories now, he said, “so you really have to watch every word that you say. You can never be off camera. You’re never off the record.”

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Sarah Palin is famous for her media mishaps when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate. We asked Dreyfuss if she did any media prep for the show. She said she spent more time trying to “pull back the layers of politics” than news media, but that “it really is extraordinary now how every move a politician makes is documented. And one false step and they’re screwed.”

Space on the red carpet was tight (and even tighter with the five-person crew ABC’s Amy Walter and Yahoo! NewsDavid Chalain had in tow) but went smoothly enough.

The actual screening was like an oversold flight. More tickets than seats were handed out and many attendees were left standing.

“Veep” officially premiers April 22.

Notables:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash (sans John King); Politico‘s Jonathan Martin; Mother Jones‘ (and alleged public tantrum thrower) David Corn; New York magazine’s Frank Rich; HOH’s Warren Rojas; MPAA Director Chris Dodd; The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz (aka Howeesha); The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and Jenny Rogers; Glittarazzi‘s Ali Lewis and Greg Blakey.

Quotable:

“They just want him to get off.”– An apparently perturbed videographer remarking on the news that George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

Summer Superlatives Winners, Part II

Although she’s mysteriously MIA, Ana Marie Cox still managed to win the Most Scandalous category of FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives competition. Rivaled only by the Daily Caller’s David Martosko, Cox pulled in an impressive 37.72% of the vote, edging out Martsoko and his rap sheet who earned only 28.74% of your votes.

It was a campaign promise that pushed Emily Miller ahead of Chris Matthews for glory in the Biggest Drama Queen category.  She snagged 48.96% of the vote after pledging to tweet a photo of herself wearing a Jason Mattera-style wife beater and rhinestone-studded tiara if Fishbowl crowned her the winner.  To help Miller make good on her promise, we purchased the tiara this weekend (we’re not kidding).  *Stay tuned for the photo.

CNN’s Candy Crowley had no problem taking the title of Most Trusted with 42.33% of the vote.  While the Biggest Open Bar Fly category went to the Examiner’s Nikki Schwab who beat out Brendan Kownacki by only 4 votes for the distinguished honor.

Congrats to Cox, Miller, Crowley and Schwab!

Summer Superlatives: Open Bar Fly

Some of the candidates for today’s final poll cover after-hours events as part of their beat.  Others have no obligation but still troll the city’s open bars like it’s their full-time job.  Either way, if you hit an event after work, you’re bound to bump into one of these open bar flies:  Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, APCO’s Gideon Lett, NBC 4′s Janet Donovan aka J. Do, and Brendan Kownacki from Merge Creative Media.  But which one do you think put away the most petite quiche and free pinot grigio this year?

Y & N’s Katy Adams Toasted at Teatro

Vino flowed for Katy Adams at Teatro Goldoni on Friday evening. The newest writer to take the reins of the Examiner‘s “Yeas and Nays” column was celebrated by nearly two dozen media types with a lovely three-course dinner hosted by Janet Donovan. In attendance were WBJ‘s Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Nick Massella, Brendan Kownacki, Human Events editor Emily Miller, Roz Plater and Maureen Ume of Fox 5, Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Examiner’s Jacque Bland, Mary Bird, Amy McLean of CTIA and of course, Katy’s partner in crime – Nikki Schwab.

The hot topics: Glenn Beck’s weekend rally (Schwab and Miller hashed it out), Donovan’s consumer electronics woes (TiVo, DVD TV setup), and Nikki Schwab’s new “do,” as in hairdo – Schwab treated herself to a little makeover at the Red Door Salon that day.

WL’s Passport to Peru

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L: Lee Brenner and Kevin Chaffee R: Pisco Sours

Washington Life Executive Editor Michael Clements held court at the Textile Museum last night for Washington Life’s “Best of Peru” party. The event, featuring Peruvian travel destinations, alpaca fashion, native delicacies and home decor ideas was the perfect venue for a Pisco Sour Mix-off.

While seven of the area’s top mixologists created their versions of the famed Peruvian potion, media types such as Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, Allison Priebe Brooks,Lee Brenner, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, QGA’s Chris Brown, Brendan Kownacki and Kimball Stroud mingled under the tent to the beat of the band.
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Heather Guay, Christine Delargy, Allison Priebe Brooks, Pamela Sorenson

Believe in “Brag Book!” Brendan Does.

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Brag Book alum Brendan Kownacki with America’s Most Wanted Managing Editor Chris Brown at mediabistro’s November mixer last night.

Let the real bragging begin! About a month ago, FishbowlDC started a feature called “Brag Book,” an abbreviated FBDC interview where friends of the “Bowl” can offer up some of their accomplishments and a little personal info to help them a land a new gig.

Last night at mediabistro’s mixer, we ran into October 1st “Brag Book” alum Brendan Kownacki who had some good news to share. Apparently Kownacki’s post garnered the attention of a company called Spectrum where he was hired as a senior digital strategist.

Congrats to Brendan and a tip of our hat to Spectrum!

If you’re interested in being featured in Brag Book, hit us up at fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

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Kownacki hooked us up with his new card. Sweet!

FishbowlDC’s Brag Book: Brendan Kownacki

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Meet brag book’s latest- Brendan Kownacki. On his last big project, Kownacki worked on Inauguration with the Broadcast Management Group, a subsidiary of Mason Media Group, where he served as the Director of Strategy and Development for two years. Prior to that, he worked with “America’s Most Wanted” and www.amw.com, where he created and managed web content.

What working journalist do you most admire and why? I’ve been a fan of Anderson Cooper since he was hosting “The Mole” on ABC — I think he’s very thorough and takes and intelligent approach to his work. I really appreciate his embrace of new media tools, andreaching out to interact with viewers online, in real time. In a world where citizen journalists are becoming increasingly more important, I think CNN (both A.C. and Rick Sanchez) has recognized that fact and takes it into account every day when they tackle the day’s headlines.

Proudest moment in your career? Election season 2008, pushing all the way forward until Inauguration day in January 2009, was the busiest I have ever been at work and is easily my proudest ‘moment.’

What is something that most people don’t know about you? As a kid I remember that Tom Brokaw was my favorite ‘character’ on television. Growing up in the Midwest, I felt very removed from the possibility of one day working in TV, and then one day, I was with my Dad at a shopping mall and we ran into Marc Summers (from “Double Dare,” and now Food Network), and that was the first time it really hit me that people in television were just like everybody else, and that I too could get there one day.

Check out some recent work here and here, and Kowancki on LinkedIn here. You can reach him by email.

Q&A is continued after the jump…

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