Samantha Bee's 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner': Talent Roasts Trump, Offers Advice to Sean Spicer

Host Samantha Bee attends Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner at DAR Constitution Hall on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Host Samantha Bee attends Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner at DAR Constitution Hall on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

As if we needed another sign that we’re in a new presidential era, the A-listers -- not to mention President Trump himself -- were in short supply in D.C. on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, a marked contrast to the Obama years.

The scant Hollywood talent -- including Tegan and Sara, Max Weinberg, Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef, Matt Walsh from Veep and Alysia Reiner from Orange Is the New Black -- were across town at Samantha Bee’s free-press love fest, which the Full Frontal host dubbed the Not the White House Correspondents Dinner, and taped earlier in the afternoon for a 10 p.m. airing on TBS. Bee’s after-party was also the hot ticket, with Elvis Costello top-lining.

Here’s the vibe from the Samantha Bee red carpet.

Best 100-Day Report Card

Samantha Bee: “A-plus. And I couldn’t have said that with more sarcasm. I’d vastly prefer some predictability. I wish I was being bored by the administration right now, I pray for that. Please, bore me to tears with competence. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Best Ode to the Keystone State

Allana Harkin, Full Frontal correspondent: “What are you doing in Pennsylvania? What, you’re such a pussy that you had to leave Washington and go to Pennsylvania?  Come on guy, show up. if you don’t have the courage to show up to the Correspondents' Dinner, how do you have the courage to be President of the United States?

Best Empathy

Good Canadian Tegan: "I feel really angry on behalf of the American people. We pay a lot of taxes here even though we aren’t American, we work very hard in this country and it’s been very good to us. I feel angry on behalf of Americans that you have a President who’s spending millions of dollars on vacations and trips down to Florida, and his wife’s living in New York City while there are so many amazing programs and things being defunded right now, I really empathize with how angry you must feel right now."

Best Ode to Hillary Clinton

Ana Gasteyer, People of Earth star who portrayed Clinton during her SNL years: “It’s hard to go through a day without thinking how thoughtful and insightful a leader she would’ve been and how carefully prepared she was and how she would have spread so many of the things the previous administration put in place. It’s a bummer to have to unwind so many things -- safeguarding the planet and women’s rights and Planned Parenthood and some of these basics that allow progress to go forward. I’m frustrated that a big boulder has been put there instead.”

Best Strange Thing About Trump

Matthew Modine, Stranger Things: “The strangest thing about the Trump Presidency is that he’s President. That somebody who could lie as much as he’s done and sexually abuse women as much as he did, and maybe continues to do. Where would that kind of behavior be tolerated? It baffles me that a pussy-grabber could become President, let’s just call a spade a spade.”

Best Advice for Sean Spicer

Matt Walsh, who plays press secretary Mike McClintock on HBO’s Veep: “I would quit. That’s my advice to Sean Spicer. Get out. It’s not going to get better.”


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