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‘To be there’

Samantha Bee will host competing White House Correspondents’ Dinner to roast Trump

January 31, 2017

Some have wondered what the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner will look like under notoriously thin-skinned President Donald Trump — the event traditionally features a comedian roasting the commander-in-chief, before the president himself gets the opportunity to roast the press and his opponents. Samantha Bee, host of the late-night show Full Frontal, is not waiting to find out, however, and planning her own gala on the same night, April 29, called “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” At her alternative event, Bee will be roasting the president with some assistance from some like-minded comedians. “We’re not trying to supersede it,” she told The New York Times. “We just want to be there in case something happens — or doesn’t happen — and ensure that we get to properly roast the president.”

While the host for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner has not been announced yet, Samantha Bee is fairly sure she won’t be asked. “My assumption is that that invitation is not coming,” she said, “and I don’t blame them for that at all.” Discussing the Correspondents’ Association decision to host the dinner this year, she said, “I honestly can’t imagine what they’re thinking, but I really wish them well. I think that’s going to be very challenging. Does 3 Doors Down do comedy? I don’t know, maybe they do.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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