Veteran comedian and actor Joel McHale is also a veteran attendee of the White House Correspondents Dinner so it will probably give him a leg up on getting the president and the 2,000 attendees to laugh at his jokes. Few comedians are guests before they take the podium to address the notoriously tough crowd and the president sitting inches away.
Steve Thomma, President of the White House Correspondents Association this year, selected McHale who is probably best known for hosting “Talk Soup”, the weekly snarkfest making fun of TV’s lowest moments. His acting career is in high gear as he co-stars in NBC’s “Community.” Thomma is the well respected politics editor of The McClatchy papers. It is the White House Correspondents Association 100th annual dinner so the pressure is on to create a memorable program.
Thomma has stood tall in the White House Correspondents fight with the Obama White House over photographers lack of access to presidential events.
This year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.
TV Newser picks up Larry King’s appearance on Conan O’Brien’s TBS Show when he tells Conan he does not believe in the afterlife, “when you die, it’s bye bye baby.” Conan says he would then be hosting, “Larry King Alive.” Larry King is headlining his web show, a political show, Russian TV and infomercials. Here is the link to TV Newser.
Polson Kanneth of ABC News and International superstar Aamir Kahn
The booking competition begins! Which media organization will win the White House Correspondents’ Weekend guest sweepstakes and land the biggest, most engaging stars for the weekend. It’s big business for the news organizations to bring together their best clients and important friends for a weekend of star-gazing and conversation with Washington’s top players.
Vanity Fair and Bloomberg are at the top of the list but Christian Broadcasting and Politico always deliver interesting guests. At White House Correspondents Insider we will follow all the action. To get you in the mood here is last year’s White House Correspondents Garden Brunch video.
Barbara and John Vogelstein with author Fred Voeglstein and his wife Evelyn Nussbaum
Media headquarters in New York City, Michael’s Restaurant, was the location for a celebration of Fred Vogelstein’s new book about technology’s biggest players, “Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution.” Pulitzer prize-winning author Jon Meacham interviewed Mr. Vogelstein at the party hosted by John and Barbara Vogelstein, Jon Meacham and Tammy Haddad noting the similarity between the presidents he usually covers and the technology leaders in “Dogfight.”
John Vogelstein began the program with high praise for his son’s tireless pursuit of this story. Guests included leaders of banking, media and politics. Martin Lipton, Judge Pierre Level, Robert Wolf, Stephan Lash, Ambassador Donald and Vera Blinken. Media guests included Rick Tetzeli, Steven Levy, Joanna Coles, Brian Stelter, Betsy Fischer Martin, Bethany McLean, Chris Licht and Chris Ariens.
Adam Verdugo, a rising star at NBC News as Senior Producer of Meet the Press, is moving to CBS News to reunite with his longtime NBC colleague and friend, Norah O’Donnell.