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“DC’s Funniest Celeb”: All Politics (and Jokes) Are Local

FBDC finds out what makes Joe the Plumber a DC celebrity, listens to Julie Mason rage about the Geico Gecko, gets a preview of slightly inappropriate jokes from Chef Geoff and learns that Matt Cooper enjoys wearing a tiara…

Last night at the DC Improv, a mix matched group of Washingtonians competed for the title of “DC’s Funniest Celeb.” And the White House guy came out on top– economic advisor Austan Goolsbee (whose name was spelled incorrectly in the program, by the way). “Have some sympathy for the unemployed because, when Rahm Emanuel sees my comments from this evening, I am going to be one of them,” he ended his winning performance.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson told violent, sexist jokes (with his lovely wife Jan in the audience), US News and World Report’s Anna Mulrine recycled a past performance from Commedia Dell Media at the National Press Club this spring, and Joe the Plumber avoided Sarah Palin jokes at all costs- instead taking a swipe at MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. Check out Joe’s performance below.

Others were not so gracious to Palin- Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist: “We are trying to bring up the children – the two girls – correctly. I went out and got them their first children’s book – you’ve seen Sarah Palin’s new book, ‘Heather Has Two Hunters.’” And we forget who said this on Palin’s book: “One more thing she could only devote four months to.” And master of ceremonies Baratunde Thurston joked that Alaskan moose were her ghost writers.

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) was unexpectedly very funny– “I know you’re all thinking ‘who the frick are you,’” he opened. “Number 226 on the seniority list.” Chef Geoff Tracy was also a contestant- and wife Norah O’Donnell was there to support, and provide a backdrop of laughter.

The Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott, MPAA President Dan Glickman, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and TWT‘s Richard Minitar were also contestants. And former champion Matt Cooper gave a special performance.

One of our fave lines of the night came from NYP‘s Robert George– “You’re only here because you’re hoping Patrick Gavin will mention you in Politico tomorrow.” Gavin, along with Julie Mason, NJ‘s Nora McAlvanah, the Examiner‘s Gina Sacripanti, the Chicago Trib‘s Clarence Page (who was accepting bribes, because he’s “from Chicago”) and the Geico Gecko were some of the judges.

The event benefitted the charity Standup for Kids. Check out some photos and more memorable one-liners after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 09.17.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

TV | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

TV

In the ABC green room, George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and David Brooks answer the question, “Is Joe Wilson the new Sarah Palin?”

CNN is facing pressure to drop Lou Dobbs.

TVNewser caught up with Christiane Amanpour yesterday on her new international news program, “Amanpour.”

Who are DC’s top TV talkers? Politico‘s picks here.

BOOKS

Dan Brown‘s “The Lost Symbol” sold over a million copies in one day on sale in the US, Canada and Britian.

NEWS NOTES

NYT‘s Paul Krugman, Rush Limbaugh, columnist George Will, NYT‘s Thomas Friedman and NYT‘s David Brooks top the Atlantic‘s 50 list. Did anyone else notice how many of the photos are from “Meet the Press” appearances?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

GOP lawmakers are criticizing President Obama’s decision not to include “Fox News Sunday” in his Sunday show rounds– those lawmakers include Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), no lie.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

JOBS after the jump… (there’s a good one).

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senior White House advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker and Politico‘s Roger Simon

ABC’s This Week: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and NYT‘s David Brooks

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and a panel with Fox News’ Brit Hume and Fox News’ contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Donna Brazile, former RNC Chairman and former White House counselor Ed Gillespie and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, NYT Book Review’s Sam Tanenhaus, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, TVNewser’s Gail Shister and Time‘s television critic James Poniewozik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Diplomat Masood Aziz, “The Places In Between” author Rory Stewart, “Limits of Power” author Andrew Bacevich and WSJ‘s Bret Stephens

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, AP’s Charles Babington, USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic and LAT‘s Doyle McManus

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Kristin Jensen, Rich Miller, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bob Shrum, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson

ABC’s This Week: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and a roundtable with Liz Cheney, WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a panel with Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon and Fox News contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas M. Menino and nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Broder, former The Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant, WGBH “Beat the Press” host Emily Rooney, “Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America” author Kurt Andersen

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Secretary of State/Treasury James Baker, VF‘s Christopher Hitchens, “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” author Fawaz Gerges, “Left in Dark Times” author Bernard-Henri Levy, “Standing Alone in Mecca” author Asra Nomani and Carnegie’s Minxin Pei

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CBS’ Bill Plante, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and NPR’s Michele Norris

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, WaPo‘s David Broder, WSJ‘s David Wessel and NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) and historian Robert Dallek

Will update as we learn them.

Taking Out The Trash: Hollywood Edition

What we almost missed today…

Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanopoulos, Cokie Roberts, Candy Crowley, Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung are among celebrity experts on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s” new “Ask the Expert” lifeline. Tune in tonight to catch Gwen Ifill. (h/t TVNewser)

Oprah has issued her first ever “Power List” in this month’s O Magazine, 20 “remarkable visionaries who are flexing their muscles in business and finance, politics and justice, science and the arts.” And DC’s well repped– Donna Brazile, DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair all make the list. (h/t Politico)

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hosted a dinner in Sonia Sotomayor‘s honor at their Long Island home last night, according to a gossip blog.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Security Advisor James Jones, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, CNBC’s Erin Burnett and Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

ABC’s This Week: Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, ABC contributor and former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas

Fox News Sunday: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commander Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland and a panel with Fox News contributors WSJ Paul Gigot, NPR’s Mara Liasson and Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter Hart, Democratic strategist CNN’s Donna Brazile, former White House counselor and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, “The Battle for America 2008″ author Dan Balz and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time’s Mark Halperin, “Why You’re Wrong About the Right” author S.E. Cupp, Air America and the Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox and White House Office of Health Reform communications director Linda Douglass

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Trish Regan, New York Mag‘s John Heilemann, Time‘s Richard Stengel, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood, NYT‘s Peter Baker and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Will update as we learn them.

A Few People Who Aren’t Affected By Today’s Twitter Outtages…

C-SPAN has put together this montage of a few people around town who aren’t quite affected by today’s Twitter outtages…

Non or infrequent Tweeters include Bill Press, Mark Shields, National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Helen Thomas, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, The Nation‘s Christopher Hayes, VF‘s James Wolcott and Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham.

50 Politicos To Watch, Including Some Journos Too

Politico issued a glossy mag today of 50 politicos to watch, finally answering the question, what exactly is a politico? “A politico is a participant in and/or an especially avid devotee of the theater of politics,” therefore including a few of our own journos.

NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, Foreign Policy‘s Laura Rozen and WaPo‘s Charles Krauthammer all made the Politicos of the Fourth Estate cut. Todd even got a full page pic in the mag.

The issue also included a Q&A with a Washington veteran, former ABC White House correspodent Sam Donaldson. An excerpt:

On media coverage of the Obama White House:

“Some people say, ‘Oh, what’s happened to the White House press corps? They’ve fallen down.’ I don’t think that’s true. Here’s a man who, like some other presidents, came into Washington walking on water, in a figurative sense. Some of them do. But then you start noticing their feet are wet, and of course, a few of them drown before they get across the tidal basin. You can point to a lot of mistakes he’s made, but they’ve been minor. It’s hard to say, ‘Well, the White House press corps should have really given him what for.’”

More from Donaldson here.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with former adviser to Pres. George W. Bush, Karen Hughes, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum and Politico‘s Roger Simon

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Kevin Merida and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen, John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with Fox News’ contributors radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Conservative radio host Michael Medved, Keli Goff, BBC World News America anchor Matt Frei and Al Jazeera English anchor Sir David Frost

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Pete Williams, HDNet’s Dan Rather, NYT‘s Helene Cooper and USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: LAT‘s Doyle McManus, WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, WSJ‘s Deborah Solomon and NJ‘s James Barnes

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Mike Tackett, Heidi Przybyla, Vin Weber and Margaret Carlson

Will update as we learn them.

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Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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