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Washington's Silly Season

Comedy Highlights from the Beltway's Annual Press Dinners


Read accounts and watch video highlights from Washington's annual comedy press dinners, including the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner, and the Gridiron Dinner.

Seth Meyers Roasts Donald Trump

From the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner - "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers brought down the house at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner with a series of hilarious jokes poking fun at everyone from Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Donald Trump and the aspiring GOP presidential candidates.

Obama Reveals Birth Video, Mocks Trump

From the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Speaking just days after releasing his long-form birth certificate, President Obama's had some fun at the expense of one of his most vocal critics: Donald Trump. "I know he's taken flak lately but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said as Trump sat before him in the audience. "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

Obama Shines at White House Correspondents' Dinner; Leno Bombs

From the 2010 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Obama and Jay Leno jockey for laughs at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in a battle of comedic talents that left Leno looking like an amateur hack.

Bill Clinton Pokes Fun at Dems, GOP and Himself at Gridiron Dinner

From the 2010 Gridiron Dinner - Former President Bill Clinton rocked the house at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, where he filled in for President Obama as the comedy headliner. "I've been wanting to stand in for President Obama for a long time," Clinton said, "and since they turned me down for 'Dancing with the Stars, I had nothing better to do."

Joe Biden Does Stand-Up Comedy at Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner

From the 2010 Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner - Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to perform the president's comedic duties at the annual Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner. With President Obama busy hosting a St. Patrick's Day party at the White House, Biden cracked jokes about everyone from Sarah Palin to FOX News, and even threw in a dig at Tiger Woods.

Obama Brings Down the House at White House Correspondents' Dinner

From the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Obama poked fun at himself and the Washington establishment in one of the edgiest comic performances a president has ever given at the annual White House Corespondents' Dinner.

Wanda Sykes' Limbaugh Joke Stirs Controversy

From the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Comedian Wanda Sykes' controversial joke likening Rush Limbaugh to a 9/11 hijacker has sparked predictable outrage from Republicans and cheers from Democrats, while the White House distanced Obama from her remark.

Biden Lampoons Obama at Gridiron Dinner

From the 2009 Gridiron Dinner - Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to perform the president's duties at the Gridiron Club dinner, and used the opportunity to poke fun at his boss.

Bush Mocks Candidates, Plays Conductor at Press Dinner

From the 2008 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Bush poked fun at his would-be successors during his final appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He also fulfilled his dream of conducting the U.S. Marine Band.

Dick Cheney, Dark Lord of Comedy

From the 2008 Radio & TV Corespondents' Dinner - Dick Cheney fired off a barrage of jokes about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the hubbub over the "naked woman" reflection in his sunglasses, and his resemblance to Darth Vader.
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