The Bee-listers: Who’ll be at the un-dinner
No word yet on who’ll be appearing onstage with comedian Samantha Bee at her counterprogramming to the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, a comedy special she announced in January.
But some big names are lining up to attend. Per the latest guest list circulating, those you’ll see guffawing (probably) in the audience include comic KeeganMichael Key, actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, actress/writer Rachel Bloom, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi,
“Veep” actor Matt Walsh, “Leftovers” creator Damon Lindelof, the E Street Band’s Max
Weinberg, and an array of comics that includes Retta, Jordan Carlos and Jessica Williams.
Demand for the invitation-only seats was so high that organizers moved the event, whose proceeds go to the Committee to Protect Journalists, from the Willard Hotel to DAR Constitution Hall. The celeb quotient contrasts with that of the real WHCD, happening across town at the Washington Hilton, which President Trump and his staff are snubbing this year — and which hasn’t attracted the usual Hollywood crowd, either.
Meanwhile, Bee released a video teaser to promote the show, which will air on TBS on April 29. “We’re hosting a party to toast the free press — while we still have one,” jokes the outspoken Trump critic.