The Bee-lis­ters: Who’ll be at the un-din­ner

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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.

Glo­ria Steinem

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