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John Oliver Ends Season with a Bang from the ‘Salmon Cannon’

Ahead of his performance tomorrow at “The Concert for Valor” on the National Mall, John Oliver ended the inaugural season of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with a segment poking fun at a Washington state news story which featured a cannon that could launch salmon over dams.

Oliver gathered an impressive list of his celebrity buddies being shot in the face with the “Salmon Cannon,” including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Dwight Howard, Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Mario Batali, Rachel Ray, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieira, and Joel McHale. Even Homer Simpson and R2D2 made appearances.

Don’t forget, “The Concert for Valor” is a free event tomorrow on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. (Oliver’s wife Kate Norley is an Iraq War veteran.) Click here for more information.

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Comedy Match: John Hodgman V. Wanda Sykes

As of right now, C-SPAN’s John Hodgman‘s YouTube video from Friday night’s RTCA dinner has shot up to 209,230 views, as compared to C-SPAN’s video of Wanda Sykes at the May 9th WHCA dinner, which tops off at 185,996 views.

Check them both out again and decide your fave for yourself after the jump…

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Meet Bob Schieffer’s New Body Guard

Comedian and actor Faizon Love was one of Bob Schieffer‘s guests on CBS’s webcast Washington Unplugged.

“The Big Man” was in town for the GI film festival, part of Armed Forces Weekend here in DC.

When they weren’t cracking each other up, Bob actually got a few questions in, like what did Faizon think of Wanda Sykes‘ performance at the WHCD (“She has balls.”) and also about the work he’s doing to improve education.

This is a must-see. And if you need a reminder of who Faizon is, check out the clip after the jump…

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Nerd Prom: That’s A Wrap

Some leftover inside scoops from the WHCD, affectionately called Nerd Prom by DC journos…

• The real story with Ben and Jen– Jennifer Garner cancelled on host CBS earlier last week and Ben Affleck at the last minute because he was “very sick.”

• We spotted Julia Louis Dreyfus texting from her table to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” co-star Wanda Sykes, the night’s entertainment. We caught up with her at the VF/Bloomberg party and she said she just couldn’t believe her friend was up there on stage with President and First Lady Obama.

• My fingers are still hurting from all the Twittering I was doing- WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today. Check out his weekend Tweets here.

• ABC’s George Stephanopoulos‘ picks for President Obama’s best lines of the night here.

Rachel Sklar tells us Why the Nerd Prom Matters at the Daily Beast. “It’s fashionable to deride the Correspondents’ Dinner-or “Nerd Prom,” as it was dubbed on Twitter-but the fact is, such events can be damned useful. Perhaps not for the person sitting beside Tom Cruise, unless you’re looking for the latest news on Thetan-spotting, but for reporters working a beat and juniors coming up in the ranks, these events provide a great opportunity for meeting, greeting and making an impression.”

• Does the WH press corps really call WHCA President AP’s Jennifer Loven “McLoven” like NBC’s Brian Williams joked during his WHCD presentation? Sklar had the chance to ask her- “No, Brian just thinks that’s hilarious.”

• DUH! Overheard: The Hill newspaper to Alan Greenspan, “Excuse me, sir. We’re trying to get a picture of Ms. Mitchell.” Too bad the Ah, ha! moment came too late- after being corrected by Greenspan: “That’s my wife.”

• And check out coverage of John McLaughlin‘s annual Sunday brunch here.

• Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly caught up with Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others…

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Back to business after WHCD weekend…

That’s Cheney You Can Believe In: In response to a newsworthy “Face the Nation” appearance by the former vice president, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said of the former #1 and #2 that he was “struck” by the “markedly different views to their lives,” as the Obama team has consistently credited Bush for a graceful exit. Dick Cheney’s FTN remark that favored Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell was deemed “an illuminating answer about what you’re going to see going forward” (wishful thinking?) and part of “a series of ideas… the last election rejected.” Gibbs added, “We’re happy to leave him to those devices.”

“More Cowbell” Needed?: Today’s driving WH message is a pledge by healthcare industry leaders to work toward savings of $2 trillion over the next 10 years, which had even economic Debbie Downer, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, excited about welcoming these players into healthcare reform discussions. Gibbs gloated, “The table got bigger this morning.” (Like this?) But reporters were less giddy, and Gibbs said of the cynicism, “there’s a few raging cases around here.” He took his oft-traveled we’re-not-DC path: “We’re used to, in this town, the cynicism that goes along with these debates.” When Fox’s Major Garrett kept the tone, Gibbs called for “two and a glass of water for Mr. Garrett.” The one-name press celebrity fired back a few minutes later: “I won’t prescribe the dosage necessary for your humility pills.” Oh snap.

Rush Reference Number Two: The corps was all abuzz (and surely a-Twitter) in coming off a weekend of WHCD festivities, and at least one line by the night’s entertainment is still grabbing attention. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny asked for POTUS’s reaction to the Wanda Sykes jab that casted Rush Limbaugh as a 20th terrorist of the 9/11 attacks. Gibbs took a side step, saying “I don’t know how the guests get booked” and referring to outgoing WHCA president Jennifer Loven of the AP, but then indulged the query: “My guess is, Jeff, I think there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy,” noting that 9/11 falls within that realm.

Watch Gibbs’ answer after the jump…

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WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion

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Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain

Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.

Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.

We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.

The political scene included Todd Palin and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers represented the White House.

Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.

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John McLaughlin

“Too Much?” -Wanda Sykes

Last night’s entertainment Wanda Sykes is already causing a bit of a stir over these cracks on Rush Limbaugh- “I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th Sept. 11th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight” and “I hope this country fails?” I hope his kidney fails!”

Sykes also poked fun at President Barack Obama for recently giving the Queen of England an Ipod and First Lady Michelle Obama for patting the Queen on the back- “Like she just slid into home plate — way to go, queen!”

Another classic line: “It’s funny to me that photographers have never caught you smoking, but they always catch you with your shirt off. I know you’re into this transparency thing, but I don’t need to see your nipples.”

There’s been some reaction already- Pat Buchanan on MSNBC dayside and on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz.

Hot Ticket: Cap File Post-WHCD Party

Slashed guest lists, merged parties and budget cuts across-the-board have made WHCD party invites much harder to come by this year. With only two hundred spots up for grabs at Bloomberg’s joint party with Vanity Fair, an invite to Cap File’s fete at the Corcoran Gallery has become a newly coveted prize.

TWT’s Green & Glover report that Wanda Sykes, Anne Hathaway, Sting, Kevin Bacon, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Dana Delany, Kara DioGuardi, Barry Levinson, Eva Longoria Parker, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matthew Modine, Bill O’Reilly, Narciso Rodriguez, Christian Slater, Jon Voight, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington and Forest and Keisha Whitaker will all be present at Saturday night’s Capitol File soiree.

Check out TWT for more on this and Cap File’s new issue.

More Prom Dates…

Glamour magazine fittingly nabbed White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, who is also a special guest at the Capitol File after party (with Valerie Jarrett and dinner entertainment headliner Wanda Sykes).

Also at Glamour’s table: Narciso Rodriguez, Alicia Keys, Kenneth Cole, Kerry Washington and the Vice President’s daughter, Ashley Biden.

People Magazine is bringing Sting and Trudie Styler, Miranda Cosgrove, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Eva Longoria Parker, Kevin Bacon, Ludacris, Jon Hamm and Forest Whitaker.

Fortune will host George Lucas and Glenn Close (far better than last year’s Heidi and Spencer).

The Atlantic has invited Newt Gingrich and “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick.

WWD also reports The Atlantic will host a Friday night dinner and a pre-dinner cocktail reception at the Hilton, co-hosted by the National Journal Group and ABC.

More details here.

Morning Reading List 04.02.09

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Its day 73 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



A local media source tells DCRTV that WaPo’s Katherine Weymouth is “weighing” the possibility of ending Saturday publication of the paper and experimenting with an online edition one day a week. The source says Weymouth and a team of advisers have been studying online efforts by other publications, including the Post’s, for more than a year now and are attempting to decide whether to proceed with the one-day-a-week online-only experiment. Maybe “later this year.” Late last year, the Washington Times replaced its Saturday print edition with an online-only substitute.

FishbowlNY: At Michael’s in NYC yesterday, legendary newspaperman Ben Bradlee wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom about the industry: “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better.”

NYT’s Editor responds to VF Piece on Arthur Sulzberger in a letter to the editor. Bill Keller: “Last year readers paid The New York Times more than $600 million to buy our newspaper… it buys us time to answer the existential question of our business, which is how we assure that journalism continues to pay. I’ll bet on Arthur Sulzberger finding the answer to that question before Mark Bowden does.”


Fox News has 9 of the top 10 cable news programs in the first quarter of 2009, averaging more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined and claiming the number 2 spot in cable primetime. Here’s are the programs in order: The O’Reilly Factor (3,438,000 total viewers), Hannity (2,579,000), Glenn Beck (2,271,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,092,000), On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (1,977,000), The FOX Report with Shepard Smith (1,927,000), The O’Reilly Factor- repeat (1,457,000), America’s Newsroom (1,445,000) and Your World with Neil Cavuto (1,428,000).

Countdown with Keith Olbermann is in tenth place with 1,327,000 total viewers.

CNN, surpassed by MSNBC for the first time in weekday primetime ratings last month, plans to increase its workforce this year and invest in its Web site. CNN is hiring about 30 workers for its newswire service this year and plans to recruit more for international news.


Wanda Sykes- this year’s entertainment at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner- is getting her own late-night show on Fox.


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