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DC’s “Funniest” “Celebrity”: Kotecki Wuz Robbed!

Last night was the 15th annual “D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity” competition and, after bombing for two years in a year, I decided to simply become a judge instead. (See my write up on last night’s event for the Washington Examiner here, including video and photos).

Suffice to say: Politico’s James Kotecki was the funniest, but some judges — *cough*Clements*cough*Jenkins*cough*Tumulty*cough*Carlson*cough* — were smitten by the star power of Mike Huckabee so the governor ended up winning (either that or someone did a really bad job tallying up the votes).

Some other funny media notes:

  • Want to know why David Shuster couldn’t perform and Chuck Todd couldn’t judge? Ask the bigwigs at NBC who forbade them from doing so at the last minute. (This Lame-O Factor could also explain why Shuster was recently told to can his regular light-hearted news segment).

  • What did Kotecki call Shuster during his routine? A dick? Tsk tsk…

  • Emcee Clarence Page paid tribute to two former Funniest Celebrity contestants — Tony Snow and Tim Russert — who passed away in the past year. “Despite the fact that they were journalists, they were good people.”

  • CNN’s Jamie McIntyre: “I have very low expectations for tonight. I just want to get through it and still have my job tomorrow.”

  • Bob Barr: “I like MSNBC. It’s like Fox, but without the ratings.”

    Check out Kotecki’s performance here.

  • Perino’s Humor: More “Dry And Wry”

    Over at the Examiner, Jeff Dufour and I crunched the numbers and determined that reporters in the White House are back to Scott McClellan-like levels of laughter under Dana Perino (this, after Tony Snow made instances of laughter amongst the press corps increase by 330%, compared to McClellan).

    Of course, there’s more to the story:

      Perino may be receiving less laughter from the press corps for a number of reasons. First, attention has turned away from the presidency during Bush’s final months in office and many of the briefing room’s regular characters are out on the campaign trail. Second, Perino’s briefings are far shorter than Snow’s; Perino’s briefings during her first four months averaged 22 minutes, while Snow’s averaged 35. And finally — as Knox puts it — “I really appreciate Dana’s sense of humor, but I’m not sure it lends itself to a lot of people joining in.” Knox calls Perino’s comedic style “dry and wry.”

    Read the full thing here.

    Tull for Tony

    That was Jethro Tull dedicating much of tonight’s set at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts to the late Tony Snow. They said they wished that the musician/White House press secretary could be on stage to jam with them.

    Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson considered Snow a good friend.

    Tony Snow Remembered

    Politico’s Mike Allen reports from Tony Snow’s memorial service, which was held this morning:

    Former White House press secretary Tony Snow was remembered Thursday for “love given and love received,” at what amounted to a state funeral, complete with remarks from President Bush.

    Snow was a Fox radio and television celebrity — one of America’s most popular conservatives — before serving as President Bush’s spokesman as he publicly and cheerfully battled the stubborn, cruel colon cancer that took his life Saturday at age 53.

    The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, president of the Catholic University of America, said in the funeral homily that Snow “did not need a long life for us to measure.”

    Morning Reading List, 07.17.08

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    Morning Reading List, 07.15.08

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    Kurtz: Snow Was “Extraordinarily Decent Human Being”

    Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he covered such topics as the controversial cover of the New Yorker featuring Sen. Barack Obama, and, of course, the passing of Tony Snow.

    Some excerpts:

    Rolla, Mo.: Doesn’t the New Yorker cover show how much they actually don’t understand the very people they are trying to lampoon, given that this picture will be used over and over during the rest of this campaign by those very people?

    Howard Kurtz: When I talked to Editor David Remnick about this — see my column today — he was convinced it was an obvious satire and wasn’t worried that people would take it the wrong way. But I knew it would be like throwing nitroglycerin on the campaign trail. Portraying Obama and his wife as Muslim terrorists may be a provocative way to get people buzzing about your magazine, but it also has the efffect of putting all the ugly smears about the candidate out there in one arresting visual.

    Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Mr. Kurtz, you were upset when bloggers said cruel things about Ted Kennedy’s cancer — rightly so. What do you have to say about those doing the same thing with Tony Snow?

    Howard Kurtz: I would say it’s outrageous, but I haven’t personally seen any examples. I’m not saying that Snow’s life and career should be above criticism because of his death. We don’t need to sanitize the lives of those who pass away. But crude and hateful comments about someone who’s just died should be shunned.

    Montpelier, Vt.: I have sympathy for his family, but has anyone pointed out that Tony Snow was a liar and an apologist for the war crimes and torture practiced by the Bush administration? Honestly, not too many people would take that job and say what he said because too many people are honest and don’t want to be defenders of the undefendable.

    Howard Kurtz: I am not familiar with any instance in which he personally lied. (I am, however, familiar with instances in which he went too far in offering his opinion and had to apologize or pull back.) If you want to hold him responsible for what you see as the crimes of the Bush administration, be my guest.

    President Bush Visits The Snow Family

    Today, President George W. Bush visited the home of the late Tony Snow, who passed away on Saturday.

    From a pool report just filed by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers:

    After the president made his statement in the Rose Garden, he boarded the motorcade with Laura Bush and departed at 1:23. At one point the presidential limousine, with an escort but in normal traffic because this was an “off the record” trip, pulled beside a Tourmobile but just at the moment most of those aboard seemed concentrated on the Jefferson Memorial.

    The motorcade proceeded uneventfully down the George Washington Parkway, drove, stop and go, through Alexandria and passed the Beltway before turning off and winding to the Snow home. The press office asked the pool not to make public the address. The motorcade arrived at 2:10, and the pool is now holding in the vans.

    In addition, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino addressed the passing of her predecessor during today’s White House press briefing:

    MS. PERINO: Hello, everybody. First I’d like to spend a moment just sharing a word about our friend and former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow. We appreciate all of the emails and outreach that you did to me and for Jill and the children this week — this weekend, after we got the terrible news about his death on Saturday morning.

    President Bush always says that you never know what sort of hand you’re going to be dealt with, and sometimes you’re dealt a hand that you didn’t expect and that you don’t want to play, but that you have to play it. And I think all of us can agree that Tony Snow played his cards to the best of his ability and in a way that we would all aspire to.

    During his first White House press briefing on May 16, 2006, Tony said, “I feel every day is a blessing,” and throughout the next 16 months people around the world witnessed him live up to the statement.

    At this podium, Tony was a passionate advocate of the President’s policies, a devoted public servant, and a true gentleman. He was also a lot of fun. He greeted each day with enthusiasm and each question with a smile — but I think he usually won out in the arguments.

    During his last briefing on September 12, 2007, Tony said, “This job has been the most fun I ever had.” And most importantly, Tony always made clear that his family came first, and that’s why today our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and his three lovely children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi.

    And as I announced this morning, the funeral service will be on Thursday, July 17th, at Catholic University, at the Basilica. The President and Mrs. Bush will attend.

    Morning Reading List, 07.14.08

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    Tony Snow Tributes

    Earlier on FishbowlDC: “In Memoriam: Tony Snow

    Join us after the jump for a round-up of remembrances of Tony Snow, who passed away on Saturday.

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