Hollywood Publicist Lewis Kay's Hockey Beard Draws Quip From President Obama

Jimmy Kimmel and Amy Poehler's rep shaved off his facial hair after the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup on June 13.

This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Lewis Kay has a serious passion outside of repping comic talent (Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler) for PMK*BNC: the L.A. Kings. The lifelong hockey fan stopped shaving April 16 before the Kings started the playoffs, following the hockey player tradition of not shaving until his team is eliminated.

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"It was definitely long -- and gray -- enough that I had to say something to anyone I met," Kay tells THR. That included President Obama at a meet-and-greet at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which Kay's client Joel McHale emceed. "When it was my turn, I started off by saying, 'I'm sorry for this beard, but I'm a huge hockey fan and my team is still alive, so I hope you'll excuse me.' The president said, 'I don't mind, but your wife and mom have to kiss you. I don't have to kiss you, so I'm OK with it.' "

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Once the Kings won the Stanley Cup on June 13, the beard was gone in a day. "I did it at The Shave in Beverly Hills. It itched a lot -- so 'relieved' is an understatement."