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Jordin Sparks Has Lipstick Flub at Journo Charity

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At Childhelp’s “Capitol CAREaoke” charity event last night, the Fox News crew narrowly beat CNN’s team in most money raised.

FNC’s Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Serwer, Lanna Britt and Fox Business’ Rich Edson were joined by local Fox reporter Melanie Alnwick to sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”

CNN’s Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Lisa Sylvester, Jill Chappel, Gloria Borger, Peter Morris and Athena Jones performed a sloshy rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

As Glittarazzi‘s Greg Blakey put it: “Fox did a good ass job.”

ABC 7′s Rebecca Cooper founded the event and told FBDC she started the fundraiser five years ago as an alternative to the usual stuffy black-tie events in Washington. She said they intended for members of Congress to be the performers, but the ones who agreed to sing got cold feet. “So at the last minute I had to recruit all my friends in journalism,” Cooper said. She told us Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen have been two of the events’ “worst singers.”

Before the karaoke started, R&B singer Jordin Sparks, a celebrity ambassador to Childhelp, posed for pictures and took questions from the media. During the photo op a friend nearby alerted her that she had lipstick on her teeth. STOP THE PRESSES. “Everyone, Photoshop the lipstick off my teeth!” Sparks instructed after clearing it off.

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Some attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured two tickets to a Madonna concert and two porcelain miniature lions (valued at $900), among other items.

Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer performed “Love Shack” and thought it would be a good idea to toss frisbees into the audience, which was full of wine glasses and dinner plates. Can you say DUNCE?

The event drew in a total of $310,000 in donations.

Notables

ABC 7′s Kendis Gibson, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave and Pamela Brown; WRQX’s Aly Jacobs, Brooke Ryan and Chilli Amar; D.C. Councilman Jack Evans; NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); LushClick‘s Elizabeth Manressa; Pamela’s PunchPamela Sorensen; Kate Michael of “K Street Kate”; and former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan, now with “Komen for the Cure.”

Quotable

“$18 million for charity at 10 years old? That’s fuckin’ insane.” — Random attendee remarking on child prodigy and violinist Brianna Kahane who performed at the event and has raised that much money for charity.

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WCP’s Brooke Hatfield Holds Onto the Crown

After much drama over who really earned the most applause at the recent Commedia del Media stand-up contest amongst Washington journalists, WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield comes out on top.

She was pronounced the winner last Friday night. But judges, former CNNer Jamie McIntyre and Fox News Business’ Rich Edson, weren’t so sure.

So organizers had FishbowlDC host a vote. And the people have spoken: 42 votes for Hatfield. No reason to embarrass WaPo Columnist John Kelly and award-winning documentary film producer and former WAMU anchor Mike Walter with their numbers, but suffice it to say, they too have fans.

Congratulations to Brooke!

If you missed her performance, watch below:

Anonymous Rant

Dearest FishbowlDC:

1. The way that you have presented the contestants in each video is extraordinarily unfair.  I am sure that you hand selected a piece that had little laughter when it comes to Brooke’s segment.  This will unfairly influence the audience as you frame your post to say that you are unsure of the clear winner due to errant chads hanging loosely in applause.  Well to me it sounds like you are trying to figure out whose segment has louder claps, NOT who is the funnier of the three.

2. Brooke Hatfield is by far the funniest.  Is it because she is a woman that a FOX news reporter decided she wasn’t the CLEAR winner?  I put my vote behind Brooke 100%.  And if she doesn’t win I will be sorely disappointed

Sincerely, Anonymous

Note to Anonymous: All of you dear readers get to weigh in on who was funniest, not just Rich Edson of Fox News Business. We can’t think of anything more fair and balanced than that.

We Need Your Help: Who’s Funniest?

The official word on why the Commedia crown is still in contention: Upon late-night review of Friday’s performances at the National Press Club, the judges who included former CNN Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre and Fox News Business reporter Rich Edson noticed a few errant chads hanging loosely in the applause. This casts doubt on their decision to award WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield the Commedia crown and title of “DC’s Funniest Journalist.” Others who had the most clapping in the first round of voting include the following performers: Award-winning documentary producer and former anchor at WUSA Mike Walter and WaPo columnist John Kelly.

So the jury is STILL out.

Congress (i.e. the powers that be at Commedia del Media) has mandated a re-vote to commence immediately prior to total government shutdown. We’ve agreed to host the vote.

The finalists are:

1. Mike Walter: Watch here.

2. Brooke Hatfield: Watch here.

3. John Kelly: Watch here.

Watch the videos. Cast your vote. We’ll tally the numbers.You’re on the honor code to vote just once.

Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know...)

*But will they be funny? Commedia dell Media III tickets are officially on sale. The final lineup is 13 journo competitors. But only one will be named D.C.’s Funniest Journalist. The date: April 1. WaPo cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will host and PBS’s Miles O’Brien will headline the show. Sharpening their wits in prep for the competition, the candidates are: Politico’s Jon Allen and Meredith Shiner, NPR’s Jamila Bey, Nadia Bilbassy of the Middle East Broadcasting Company, NJ‘s Matt Cooper, WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield, WaPo‘s John Kelly, Riz Khan of al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman, Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary, Mike Walter of Walter Media, TWT‘s Shaun Waterman and freelancer Tim Young. Last’s year’s winner’s, Military.com’s Jamie McIntyre (who trash talked CNN last year) and FOX Business News’s Rich Edson will head a snark panel of judges, but audience input will anoint the winner. Buy tickets here: $15 online and $20 the night of the show. The event takes place at the National Press Club. Starting time: 8 p.m.

*The Irony As the House gears up to vote on funding for NPR, NPRNews releases its “Song of the Day.” That would be Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s “Strength In Vulnerability.”

*Gender Confusion on Capitol Hill: The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie reporting over Twitter that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) referred to Under Sec. for Defense Michele Flournoy as a man. “Has @RosLehtinen ever met under secretary Flournoy, who she just quoted on the House floor? Because Flournoy is a Ms., not a Mr.” Wilkie wrote.

Journopalooza III Adds Strip Club Twist to Show

Journopalooza III, the annual battle of the bands contest amongst D.C. journos on January 21, is adding a new twist to this year’s show. And it’s feeling a tad strip clubish.

“Choosing “DC’s best media band” will be charitably un-democratic since fans will “buy votes” by throwing money at their favorite performers,” the event’s organizer Christina Davidson told FishbowlDC. “We’ll accept US dollars, foreign currency, traveler’s checks, and gold doubloons.”

Davidson said she hopes Suspicious Package band member Tim Burger might get the wrong idea. “Yeah, if we’re lucky, Burger will get confused and start taking off his clothes,” she said.

Tickets go on sale today… General admission is $25 and $30 at the National Press Club door. Visit here. Proceeds go to charity. The evening will be hosted by DC’s Funniest Journalists, co-winners of Commedia dell Media II, Military.com’s Jamie McIntyre and Fox Business Network’s Rich Edson. Flying Dog beer will flow from five cash bars after doors open at 7.

Journos on the Run

> Update: Employees from FOX Business and FOX News, online, won first and second place for the electronic media division. Please note their team name (“Fair and New Balanced” – get it?).

1ST PLACE
Fair and New Balanced
Sandra Smith – Captain
Alex Finland
Bruce Becker
Tim May
Lamonte Bryant Tyler

2ND PLACE
First, Fast, FOX
Bill Sammon – Captain
Justin Fishel
Jennifer Hazelton
Ryan Kerr
Lori Martin

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Some Fox Business Network journos laced up early this morning and ran the Capital Challenge. It’s a three-mile race. Sandra Smith, a FBN Network reporter, won in her division – the “female electronic journalist division” (we can’t make this stuff up). Rich Edson, FBN’s funnyman D.C. correspondent also ran.

Smith on why she participated: “I love a challenge! Plus, it gave me a great reason to lace up the shoes and go for a few training runs.”

How she prepared: “Since I only had a month notice of the race, I knew I needed to get in a few long runs, as I hadn’t been running much, but most importantly I needed to work on pace. Finding your pace for a short 3 mile race like this is important and can be tricky. So I did repeat runs around the lower loop in Central Park just trying to hit consistent mile splits.”

Before today’s race, Edson remarked: “This is my third Capital Challenge. I went through a sophomore slump. Hopefully last year was an aberration.”

How he prepared: I switched from running to swimming this winter. I’ll know how smart that was by 8:25 tomorrow morning, or how dumb it was by 8:35 a.m. or later. Reason for doing the race: I like to watch elected officials twice my age run three miles in half the time.”

The FishbowlDC Interview with Funnyman Rich Edson

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Rich Edson.jpg Say hello to Rich Edson, a reporter for the FOX Business Network who last week was named co-winner of the Commedia del Media comedy contest for journalists at the National Press Club. Edson shares the winning spot with Military.com’s Jamie McInytre. Edson, ever humble about his win, practiced his routines (British, Scottish accents and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) in the office and on his way the work each morning. En route to work, practice happened in his head – not aloud. Hopefully he didn’t scare people.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Something in between Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises Blanc de Noirs Champagne and Orange Fanta.

How often do you Google yourself? I’ve never Googled myself. I Binged myself once.

Who is your favorite working journalist? There are a number of journalists who risk their lives, sacrifice time with their families and work like hell to make sure our society knows what’s going on. I work with plenty of these reporters here at FBN and FOX.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)?
“I’m not sure there’s enough pad off top of this SOT, and the outcue is a little rough because no one rolled on the iso. The switched feed goes back to you before he finishes.” I’m not sure I really know what our editors are saying. I guess they’re not talking bad about me.

Do you have a favorite word? Win

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin?
Can I invite both? Alaska salmon, vegetables from the First Lady’s garden? Sounds good. Maybe some left over beers from the summit?

When did you last cry and why? Happy Cry: The Yankees got their World Series rings Tuesday. Sad Cry: “Coming up next, Real Housewives of New York City.” – My wife and I have only one TV.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Edson”. No, wait, that’s everyone else. I don’t hold nearly as many patents as that other guy.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I’ve selected the Blackberry ‘Sonar’ ring. It pings me on incoming calls and alerts me when enemy subs are operating in my area.

What swear word do you use most often? “Ohhhh Peaches!”

What word or phrase do you overuse?
“Take a listen.”

What TV show do you have to watch?
E!’s “The Soup”: 1) clues me in to what non-news programming people are watching. 2) ensures I haven’t made their rundown. Yankees, Devils and Giants games. I’ll also tune into to Caps playoffs.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? My mailbox.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? Other than that episode when Tyra broke down Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on allowing temporary liquidity swap lines with foreign central banks to expire, I really don’t get a chance to tune in to any of them.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? >Letterman, though Triumph or Conan’s old time baseball sketch have left a sentimental spot for Coco. (Coco is Conan for the uninformed.)

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Elijah E. Cummings. Why? He’s gotta know someone with a boat, no? Note: This answer is contingent on MacGyver never getting elected to Congress. If he ever does, I would choose MacGyver.

Who was your mentor? Different people for different aspects of my life. My character – that’s my grandfather, at least, that’s what I’m shooting for. Professionally, a long line of professors and colleagues I’ve been incredibly lucky to come across.

Read more about Edson and find out what expletive-laden response he sometimes endures in the course of his job…It begins with, “Wait, is this for television?”

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The Two Funniest Journos in Washington Are…

web.jpg What passes for funny amongst journalists? Nipples. The word f–k. Ann Coulter’s boobs. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) being the hue of burnt sienna. And the National Press Club turning the Edward R. Murrow room into an RNC bondage bar.

Journalists performing stand-up in the National Press Club ballroom for the Commedia del Media charity journo comedy competition Thursday night did imitations of British accented broadcasters and one wondered why CNN didn’t allow one of its own to participate in the competition. Few knew that Sue Bennett, a producer for HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was in the audience scouting the talent. NBC, CBS and FOX were also there filming the performances.

Commedia del Media raises money for charities such as Reporters Without Borders. Of the seven competing journalists, two tied for first place: Former CNN scribe and Miltary.com’s Jamie McIntyre and FOX Business Network correspondent Rich Edson. Judges voted for McIntyre, but the decibel machine revealed that McIntyre and Edson tied at 105.6 decibels.

Edson performed well-practiced impressions of British broadcasters and a raspy-voiced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). Though he said he was nervous, many thought his delivery was near-perfect.

McIntyre tweaked CNN, saying, “They told me one of those cameras is for the Fox News Channel. I’m not used to having so many people watching.” He also razzed cable news broadly. “I like to call it news whiz,” he said, comparing it to the cheese. “It’s a simulated news-like product. You could use it for news if you didn’t have any real news.”

McIntyre spilled that a CNN reporter was to perform stand-up last night, but cracked that the event wasn’t serious enough for the network. He said most networks are “thin-skinned” and prone to “hurt feelings.”

Though he never named the journalist who was to perform Thursday night, FishbowlDC learned that the would-be comedian was Capitol Hill correspondent Brianna Keilar. Keilar dropped out a few weeks ago with the CNN Speakers Bureau declaring her unavailable for the evening. Sources say she had wanted to perform.

McIntyre, the former CNN Pentagon scribe, blamed himself for the correspondent dropping out. He said in 2006 he competed in a Funniest Journalist on the Planet contest in Manhattan in which he took comedic jabs at then-CNN host Lou Dobbs. At the time, CNN was none too pleased, McIntyre said, and a network higher-up phoned to scold him as he drove home to Washington.

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn was among the event’s three judges. A tough judge, he was. “Actually I don’t like comedy at all,” he said before the routines began. “It takes me a lot to laugh. I do think [RNC Chairman] Michael Steele is really funny. He is my favorite comedian. He cracks me up. He kills.”

Former Time reporter Matt Cooper was emcee for the evening. Before the event, he paced and paced, carefully studying his notes. Cooper, whose cadence resembles that of an actual comedian, spoke of horrible crowds in the Metro, saying, “I’m like, ‘Get off the f–king Metro people.’ Let me be depressed by myself.” He also took a stab at (or else, complimented) Politico saying, “As you know, this extraordinary nuclear agreement was signed. …Later they said the world still needed to come together to fight the global threat of Politico for world domination.”

He remarked on his figure, saying, “I’ve tried to lose some weight. I’ve gone from f–king fat to fat.”

Cooper imitated former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) asking aide Andrew Young to pretend Rielle Hunter’s baby was his. “I’m going to owe you a solid when this is over,” he said in an Edwards drawl. …And I think your wife is going to understand more than you think.”

Aside from McIntyre and Edson, other performers included WaPo’s Melissa Bell (who spoke of men in India pinching women’s nipples as a sign of affection), former NPR reporter Jamila Bey, Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef and Department of Transportation public relations officer Doug Hecox.

Hecox on the census: “I’m just waiting for John Boehner where he checks the box orange. The story is not that he’s orange, it’s that he’s really burnt sienna.”

He brought up Coulter’s jugs, saying that he’s going to dress up as President Ann Coulter for Halloween, his favorite holiday. But, he said, he feared that his breasts would be too large. “I’m not saying she’s flat chested,” he said. “I’m saying they both lean too far to the right.”

Shapiro recalled watching 60 hours of cable TV for a story. “It was interesting watching the two IQ points slough off my dandruff,” he said.

Youssef described herself as “Muslimish.” She said, “I drink, I fornicate, but I don’t eat pork.”

The evening closed with Sylvia Traymore, whose imitations included The View’s Whoopie Goldberg, actress Monique, and singer Dionne Warwick. Largely with her back turned to the audience, she stripped off her long-sleeved shirt to reveal a sleeveless top to become First Lady Michelle Obama with well-sculpted arms. She then began furiously brushing her hair into an Obama coiffe. Then she turned and pursed her lips, depicting a typical FLOTUS facial expression (see picture after the jump).

Christina Davidson, the event’s organizer, took to the stage to congratulate the winners and lobby for next year’s journo comedians. “If you have the balls for this, talk to me,” she said.

Journalists in attendance included Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, her husband, WaPo education reporter Bill Turque, Politics Daily’s Editor Carl Cannon, NYT’s James Risen, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, The Hill’s Susan Crabtree, WTOP’s Bob Madigan and travel writer Carl Hoffman (boyfriend to WaPo’s Bell).

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Emcee Matt Cooper keeps audience laughing between performances.

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