Samantha Bee’s live “Full Frontal” event in Washington certainly was no White House correspondents’ dinner. There was no president, at least a sitting one, and there wasn’t really dinner (hors’ d’oeuvres, mostly).
But that’s what she promised with her “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” which taped hours before Saturday’s formal event across town and will air on TBS tonight at 10 p.m.
As attendees dressed in formal wear waited in the sweltering heat to get inside of DAR Constitution Hall, climate-change protesters were marching just blocks away on a parade to the White House.
Inside, Bee spent more than an hour paying homage to a free and functional press (“from the failing New York Times to the failing pile of garbage Buzzfeed” to ProPublica, which “sounds Mexican”); skewering sensational media practices and evoking an alternate reality where Hillary Clinton is commander-in-chief and George W. Bush delivers President Trump takedowns.
Which is to say: Will Ferrell showed up as a surprise special guest to reprise his famed Dubya impersonation.
“How do you like me now?” he drawled to the roaring audience. “The prodigal son has returned. I don’t know what that means, but I know it’s positive. It’s very prodigal.”
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