Who Will Party Where at Trump-Free White House Correspondents' Dinner (Updating)

5:00 AM 4/23/2019

by Jeremy Barr

While Hollywood presence looks scant, the Washington weekend remains a must-stop for media stars.

Samantha Bee hosted the 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner' in April 2017 in Washington.
Samantha Bee hosted the 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner' in April 2017 in Washington.
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After Michelle Wolf brought down the house in 2018, angering two Trump aides in the process, this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27 won’t feature a comic roast, but rather historian Ron Chernow as keynote at the Washington Hilton event. (The president, skipping the WHCD for the third year, scheduled a Wisconsin rally instead.) So the job of making journos laugh will fall to Samantha Bee, who’s hosting her second Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “We have so many fun, dumb things planned and so many good guest appearances and we also want to honor journalists,” Bee says. “They can have one night of respite, maybe? Just one hour and a half where they don’t check their phones constantly?” While two events that typically lure Hollywood are off — the Creative Coalition gala and the White House Correspondents’ Jam, hosted by the Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell — a few key fetes will still bring sparkle to the swamp.

  • Thursday, April 25

    Bytes & Bylines Slated to attend the sixth annual media/tech event at the residence of Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall are MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, among others.

    Washington Women in Journalism Awards Andrea Mitchell will be among those honored at the American Revolution Institute at Anderson House, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

  • Friday, April 26

    David Bradley Welcome Dinner The Atlantic Media Chairman and his wife last year welcomed Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway and then-defense secretary James Mattis to this annual soiree at their home. Expect a similar mix of administration and Congress members as well as business leaders and journalists this year.

    CAA WHCD Kickoff Cocktails The agency will toast the weekend with expected guests including clients Chernow, NBC News’ Noah Oppenheim, former Ambassador Susan Rice, and Valerie Jarrett, plus NPR's Audie Cornish and Axios' Mike Allen, at the Eaton Hotel rooftop lounge, Wild Days, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner The taping for Bee’s second TBS special (the first, in 2017, scored an Emmy) goes down with a “robot Sarah Huckabee Sanders to keep us in line,” says the host — plus cocktails including a “Yellow Russian” and a "Wolf Spritzer" — at 7 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall.

    Politics Without Prejudice: A Toast to Freedom of the Press The Hill’s 8 p.m. soiree at the National Portrait Gallery is DJ’d by Questlove.

    A Celebration of America’s Journalists UTA and Mediaite co-host at Fiola Mare from 9 p.m. Expect agency clients Dana Bash, Margaret Brennan, Don Lemon, Scott Wapner, Alisyn Camerota and more to show — Bee may stop by after her taping. Last year’s attendees included Kellyanne Conway. “What we’re not going to do is throw a party and have all liberals there,” says UTA co-president Jay Sures. “That makes no sense.”

    The Washington Diplomat WHCD Pre-Party DJ Spider and DJ Hem will spin at the fete co-hosted by Ambassador of Qatar Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 8 p.m. to midnight. Last year’s Diplomat party saw Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey swing by.

  • Saturday, April 27

    The Garden Brunch Co-hosting Tammy Haddad at Georgetown’s Beall-Washington House will be Greta van Susteren and others; Jay Leno is the special guest.

    BuzzFeed News’ WHCD Watch (Or Not) Party From 6 p.m., catch the festivities at Bourbon in Adams Morgan.

    Capitol File’s WHCD Afterparty Celebration Actor Michael Kelly hosts the D.C. glossy’s bash at the Glover Park Room at the Dupont Circle Hotel from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    NBC News & MSNBC WHCD Afterparty Look for network talent including Mitchell, Hallie Jackson, Peter Alexander, Kristen Welker, Ali Velshi, Rev. Al Sharpton and more to kick back at the Italian Embassy starting at 11:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 28

    CNN’s Political Hangover Brunch The weekend wraps at an event in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood with some 500 guests, last year including the network’s correspondent Jeremy Diamond and commentator Christine Brennan.

    Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ Brunch Cheftestants from Bravo’s Top Chef, including D.C. toque Spike Mendelsohn and Art Smith (onetime personal chef to Oprah Winfrey), will serve up politically inspired dishes at the Hay Adams Hotel’s Top of the Hay from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    This story also appears in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.