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Al Roker Drops by ‘Katie’ For Surprise Birthday Celebration

Today is Katie Couric‘s birthday, and she showed up to work with no idea what was in store for her on “Katie.” Couric didn’t know who her would be on the show — the lineup included Betty White, J.R. Martinez and former “Today” show pal Al Roker — until they appeared on stage. Bravo’s Andy Cohen acted as the show’s co-host, jokingly calling it “Watch What Happens Live to Katie.”

Roker, who arrived on the set hiding his face behind an umbrella, brought along an old clip of Couric singing backup for Stevie Wonder on the “Today” show alongside Matt Lauer. “This was awful. I thought we burned this tape!” Couric said.

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The Morning Ticker: Shortys, Roastmaster Babs, Clark

  • CNN won two “Shorty Awards” last night. One award was for “Best use of Video in a Social Media Campaign” for its Royal Wedding coverage, and the other was for “Best Use of Social Media for News.” CNN notes that it has more Twitter followers than any other U.S. TV news organization, with more than 25 million followers across all of its accounts.
  • ABC News anchor Barbara Walters has a new gig: Roastmaster General. Walters will serve as the roastmaster at the Friar’s Club Roast of Betty White in May. Says White in a statement: “It will be an afternoon filled with dirty words, risque jokes and sex talk . . . and that’s just what I plan on saying.”
  • Former General Wesley Clark, who has served as a paid military analyst for MSNBC and Fox News, has another new TV gig. Clark will host a new series on The Military Channel called “Edge of War.” The series–which debuts April 3–looks at some of history’s most famous battles, with Clark explaining what went right and what went wrong for those involved.

Pelada Comes to New York

Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham wanted to find soccer “away from the bright lights and manufactured fields.” The two former Duke soccer players set off on an adventure, filming the entire process.

The result: The brilliant documentary Pelada.

“Over the past three years, weʼd slept in twenty-five countries, navigated fifteen languages, reversed down two main highways, gotten mugged in Argentina, attacked by a baboon in Kenya, detained in Israel, and reported to the Iranian government.”

They also made a wonderful movie that shined at Sundance and was called “an all-around inspiring doc” by Variety.

Boughen and Oxenham, along with additional directors Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White will screen the movie at Legends Bar and Restaurant in New York on September 21. (Tickets here.) If you can’t make it to New York, check out the other screenings. Then go find a pickup game.

Correspondents’ Dinner: Who’s Funnier Betty White or Rahm Emanuel?

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Katie Couric and her special guest Betty White at the CBS cocktail party ahead of the Correspondents’ Dinner.

Katie Couric arrived with two multi-generational funny ladies for tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: Chelsea Handler and Betty White. Handler, author of “Are you There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea,” asked Evening News E.P. Rick Kaplan if he was taking drink orders — she found the bar all on her own. (We spotted FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein chatting up Chelsea, so look for that interview later on FBDC).

Dave Price got his picture taken with White, thanks to D.C. colleague, White House Correspondent Chip Reid and his Blackberry.

Other CBS Newsers we spotted: Rita Braver, Anthony Mason, Bob Orr, and execs Sean McManus, David Friedman, and Friedman pere, Paul, talent exec Barbara Fedida nd DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham.

CBS News contributor Ayla Brown along with her dad Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), and her mom and sister made the rounds at the CBS fete.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) rounded out the politico showing.

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Jackson Notes: Memorial Re-Air, Express Help, Betty White

> MSNBC will re-air the Michael Jackson memorial service tonight from 11pm-2amET.

> The CNN Express (formerly known as the Election Express) operates behind-the-scenes at the Staples Center for the coverage. The production facility on wheels served as a workspace.

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> For the record Betty White is not dead. And a Today show correspondent learned that the hard way.