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CNN Enjoys Ratings Bump With White House Correspondents’ Dinner

100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association DinnerCNN led the cable news charge Saturday night at 10 PM when the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was in full boil. The network flooded the zone with three hours of Nerd Prom, starting at about 8 PM ET. MSNBC began its coverage at 9 PM. Fox News Channel stuck with its regular schedule until 10 PM, when it switched to a special on the Benghazi investigation. FNC ran the guts of the WHCD — President Obama‘s speech followed by NBCU star Joel McHale — at midnight.

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C-SPAN had the most comprehensive coverage of the annual Hollywood celebrity petting zoo for Washington press and the government officials they cover. Once again, C-SPAN’s coverage began with its traditional camera-trained-on-boom-mike coverage of celebs arriving at the hotel and the C-SPAN LeahyCam. Sadly C-SPAN is not rated by Nielsen, so those of you who watched on that network are lost to history.

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IHeartRadio Music Awards Top Week’s Twitter TV Ratings

The IHeartRadio Music Awards harmonized with TV-watching social-media users, with 7.1 million unique Twitter followers — the week’s largest online audience for any show, according to Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings. Just off the lead was the 140th Kentucky Derby, at almost 6.85 million, and the pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Rene Maidana (6.4 million). It’s the first time in at least three weeks that a show topping the non-sports Twitter TV list also beat out everything in the sports top 10.
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John Oliver Weighs In On White House Correspondents’ Dinner, On ‘Last Week Tonight’: Video

Wondering why the White House Correspondents Association did not ask new comedy It Guy, John Oliver to perform at Saturday’s Nerd Prom, instead of Joel McHale? Could it be Oliver objects to the group’s annual Nerd Prom in principle — or is this bit from tonight’s edition of Oliver’s HBO series Last Week Tonight a classic case of comedy envy?

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100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association DinnerObama Rips Cable News & Joel McHale Bombs At White House Correspondents’ Dinner
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If last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner with headliner Conan O’Brien was white bread bland, tonight’s event was just painful. In way way over his head, Joel McHale stumbled and sputtered through a routine that got more moans and groans from the packed Washington Hilton ballroom than laughs.

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Joel McHale Is “The Other Comic” In ‘Meet The Press’ WHCD Post-Mortem: Video

How does NBCU’s Washington show’s roundtable talk about E! and NBC star Joel McHale‘s performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner the next morning? One participant called him “the other comic,” presumably meaning President Obama was the dinner’s lead funnyman:

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Obama Rips Cable News & Joel McHale Bombs At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 8:55pm PDT

100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner5th UPDATE – FINAL: (See McHale and Obama videos here and here) If last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner with headliner Conan O’Brien was white bread bland, tonight’s event was just painful. In way way over his head, Joel McHale stumbled and sputtered through a routine that got more moans and groans from the packed Washington Hilton ballroom than laughs. With failed one-liners about runaway production, Robert De Niro’s career choices, Jessica Simpson’s historical knowledge, the Kardashians’ sex lives, George Clooney’s political affiliations, Bill Clinton’s qualifications as a grandfather and a slew of other poorly conceived and badly executed jokes, the Community star left the stage after 30-minutes to weak applause from the 2,600 guests. At least he made  President Obama’s speech and his now standard swipes at cable news look good in comparison. Obama’s sharpest line of the night came courtesy of Netflix when Obama sympathized with House Speaker John Boehner’s problem with his fellow Republicans. “Which means orange really is the new black,” quipped the President with perfect timing. At another pop culture point, Obama made a nod to HBO’s Game Of Thrones. The Commander-in-Chief envoked the merciless acts of the ruler of the fictional Seven Kingdoms when he joked about enacting more executive actions and just doing his job every day as a doctored pic appeared on the video monitors.

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Besides the speeches, the mixed crowd of Hollywood, D.C. and captains of industry were entertained by a video featuring real life Vice-President Joe Biden and HBO’s fictional VP Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on a tear around D.C. and the White House kitchen. In addition, there was also an earnest History Channel-produced video about the White House Correspondents Association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  (For the complete play-by-play, take a look at our live blog below)

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ron meyer kevin hart whcd 2014With no Kevin Spacey, no Stephen Spielberg and no Jeffrey Katzenberg the Hollywood wattage was a little lower than usual but then again Robert De Niro was there and so were at least three Presidents: The real one plus  Scandal’s Tony “President Fitzgerald Grant” Goldwyn and House Of Cards’ Michael “President Garrett Walker” Gill. Basically the entire main casts of Scandal and House of Cards where there except for respectively Kerry Washington and Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein was back for another year, while Universal President & COO Ron Meyer was pulled into a cell phone photo with the studio’s Ride Along box office champ Kevin Hart.  12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o got all the cameras turning her way with that polka-dot dress, with Modern Family’s cleavage covered Sofia Vergara not exactly being ignored by photographers either. The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies posed with Barbara Walters.

100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - ArrivalsAlso showing up: Frozen’s Kristen Bell, Katie Couric, Julie Delpy, Patrick Duffy, David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Arianna Huffington, Mindy Kaling, former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing and French Connection director Billy Friedkin, John Leguizamo, Rose McGowen, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Joe Morton, Olivia Munn,  ET’s Nancy O’Dell, Molly Parker, Freida Pinto, Tonight Show bandleader and Roots drummer Questlove, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, Rosario Dawson, Dax Shepard, Jessica Simpson, GMA’s Lara Spencer, AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Morgan Spurlock, George Stephanopoulos, Sir Patrick Stewart, Madeleine Stowe, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, Lindsey Vonn (sans Mr. Woods) with Will.i.am who is making the rounds in D.C. and set to appear on Meet the Press tomorrow morning. Crossfire co-host Van Jones was one of many CNNers at the dinner too, including headman Jeff Zucker.

4th UPDATE, 8:55 PM: If you want to know how to die in front of the President of the United States, the D.C. Press Corps and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, ask Joel McHale The Community star was a total bomb tonight at the  White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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Video: Joel McHale’s Speech at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 8:10pm PDT

It’s a toss-up whether the Washington Hilton Ballroom was a harder room for a comedian to play than the Dolby Theater on Oscar night. Joel McHale received jeers for going blue in his introduction at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight, exclaiming, ”I host a show called The Soup which is on the E! network. To Republicans in attendance, E! is the channel that your deeply closeted gay son likes to watch. Democrats, it’s the same channel that your happy, openly gay son likes to watch. It’s also home to the Kardashians, who, believe it or not, are Republicans. And I know that because they’re always trying to screw black people.” Then McHale took a potshot at legendary actor Robert De Niro — something that former Oscar host Chris Rock learned, when he made fun of Jude Law, is a total no-no in a roomful of showbiz types.  Quipped McHale, “I don’t do a De Niro impression, but I do one of Robert De Niro’s agent. Here it is: (ring ring), ‘He’ll do it!’ Mr. De Niro I was in Spy Kids 4, so clearly I’m beyond reproach. So, I will see you on the set of Spy Kids 5.”  Take a look:

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Self- Deprecating President Obama At WHCD Dinner: Video

By | Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 7:49pm PDT

While not the official headliner, President Obama was clearly on better form than Joel McHale at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Check out POTUS’ roasting of Fox News, MSNBC, NJ Governor Chris Christie, Putin, Healthcare.gov, and um, CNN’s coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane:

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Hot Video: Two Veeps Hangin’ Around — Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

What happens when the real U.S. Vice President decides to pal around with the Hollywood faux U.S. Vice President from HBO’s award-winning series Veep? Check out this hysterical video that played before President Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight.

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History Channel Celebrates Washington’s Watch Dogs, The White House Correspondents’ Association

History Channel produced a special video which was screened at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner,  The 100th Anniversary — The White House Correspondents’ Association, which took a look back at how the press organization formed during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency and ultimately impacted Capitol Hill press coverage.  Diane Sawyer narrates and President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were interviewed, with the latter remarking about the WHCA, “I always tried to put myself in their position and they had a difficult job to do and needed a news story everyday.  And if I didn’t give them one, they’d have one anyway and sometimes it would be one I didn’t like.” Take a look:

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Joel McHale Has Hard Acts To Follow

When Joel McHale entertains at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, these are the recent previous entertainers the room will remember — and against whom McHale will be judged:

Conan O’Brien in 2013:

Jimmy Kimmel in 2012:

Seth Meyers in 2011:

And, of course, the one the White House Correspondents’ Association would rather everyone forgot –  2006, when Stephen Colbert torched the place:

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UPDATE: Hollywood Guests At 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 5:06pm PDT

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2ND UPDATE, 5:06 PM: The Atlantic is bringing a number of D.C. players to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — TV D.C. players, this is. The magazine’s guest list includes several cast members from Netflix’s House Of Cards: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Molly Parker, along with the show’s creator-writer Beau Willimon. Cynthia Nixon of Amazon’s Alpha House also is on the list.

UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Reuters and CNN have unveiled their guests for Saturday’s shindig, with the former adding among others Unbroken lead Jack O’Connell, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Revenge‘s Madeline Stowe, and CNN hosting Diane Lane.

PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY PM: Awards season has receded in Hollywood, but Washington D.C. is getting ready for its biggest party weekend of the year with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s an even bigger deal this year as Saturday’s event will be the centennial dinner for the White House Correspondents Association. Joel McHale will be providing the headlining laughs at the self-described Nerdprom this year, but of course it’s President Obama who is the real marquee act. Read More »

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Joel McHale Jokes He’s “Out” As Host Of White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 4:14pm PDT

Guess Joel McHale really didn’t know what he was signing up for when he took the gig to headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Seems once the E! host and star of NBC’s Community learned that he’d be fronting “Nerdprom” — as the WHCD has been tagged in the last few years — he re-tweeted a posting from C-SPAN today and proclaimed “I’m out.” Of course, McHale isn’t going anywhere, but rather amping up the hype heading into Saturday’s centennial dinner with President Obama at the Washington Hilton.

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As part of that push, McHale stopped by David Letterman’s show Monday night, with Letterman trying to to find out what was on McHale’s mind as he prepped for the gig, also known in DC as the annual Hollywood petting zoo. Turns out, it was not much: Read More »

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White House Correspondents Enlist History Channel To Produce Documentary About Journalists Organization

Actor George Clooney speaks with Chris WPulling back the curtain, History Channel announced this morning it will work with the White House Correspondents’ Association to produce a special video commemorating the centennial celebration of the organization as well as its annual White House Correspondents Dinner. The video will be screened at that annual Beltway bash/Hollywood petting zoo, which will again be held at Washington’s Hinckley Hilton on Saturday, May 3. President Obama and former President Clinton will participate in the video chronicling the origin of the WHCA in 1914 and its evolution over the century.

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US President Barack Obama high-fives telIn addition to Obama and Clinton, among those scheduled to be interviewed include historians; press secretaries Marlin Fitzwater, Mike McCurry, and Dana Perino; and the WHC Dinner’s past and current celebrity hosts. In theory the latter means Stephen Colbert, who scorched the ballroom with his in-character indictment of then-president George W. Bush, and Craig Ferguson, who pronounced VPOTUS Dick Cheney “funny for an evil guy” after Cheney told him “enjoy your audit” following a Ferguson joke that Cheney had to start his move out of his official residence before the end of Bush’s second term because “it takes longer than you think to pack up an entire dungeon.”

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‘Community’s Joel McHale To Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 7:14am PST

Joel McHale White House Correspondents DinnerThey’ve had late-night hosts for the past two years, but now the White House Correspondents Association Dinner is going primetime. Straight out of NBC’s Thursday lineup, Communitys Joel McHale will be the headliner at this year’s politicians and Hollywood-heavy event set for May 3. Of course, the real main attraction at the WHCA dinner is President Obama, but, as is the protocol, McHale will be the closing act. “We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said WHCA president Steven Thomma today via Twitter. “He’s sharp, funny and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing,” added the McClatchy Newspapers political editor. McHale, who has also been fronting E!’s weekly satire show The Soup since 2004, follows Conan O’Brien’s stint in the WHCD gig last year and Jimmy Kimmel in 2012. The last time a non-late-night host or regular was the WHCD headliner was in 2002, when Drew Carey had the job.

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President Slams Media But Conan Softballs Obama At Lame WH Correspondents Dinner

3RD UPDATE – FINAL: (See Conan and Obama videos here and here.) We warned you not to expect much from tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. And true to form it failed to deliver. Bland to a fault Conan O’Brien didn’t lay a glove on celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama. (Bring back Seth Meyers…) But the President got an easy laugh with a showbiz joke that couldn’t have made Comcast too happy. (He noted that, of 22 recent basketball shots, he had 2 hits and 20 misses. “The executives at NBC asked, ‘What’s your secret?’” POTUS said.) O’Brien’s best line of the night was comparing the relationship between Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner to a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. (“In theory they understand each other’s positions. But deep down you know nothing’s ever going to happen.”) Obama got in the nastiest media dig. Noting that CNN has “taken some knocks” – because of errors during reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings -  he said, “Fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story – just in case one of them happens to be accurate.” Obama even stabbed his liberal media cronies. He said saying seeing David Axelrod going to work for MSNBC was “a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod”.

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Video: Conan At WH Reporters Dinner

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 8:23pm PDT

Conan O’Brien roasted the media at tonight’s White House Correspondents’s Dinner but took it easy on President Obama in his second hosting gig in 18 years:

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Video: Obama At WH Reporters Dinner

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 8:23pm PDT

President Obama swaggered out for tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner accompanied by DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” and a pocketful of zingers:

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Video: President Obama (As Daniel Day-Lewis) In Steven Spielberg’s Next Movie

At tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama premiered the next Steven Spielberg movie about a U.S. President. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Kinda:

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