TBS’s late-night hit Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has announced its first annual “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” which will take place on Saturday, April 29, at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. All proceeds from the event will go to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Samantha Bee, noted purveyor of “FAKE NEWS™,” will host the gala affair, welcoming journalists and “non-irritating celebrities” from around the world. “This is for the nerds not invited to the nerd prom,” says Bee.
The Dinner will take place the same time as the official White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Bee and her team jokes, “We suspect some members of the press may find themselves unexpectedly free that night, and we want to feed them and give them hugs.”
“Executives at TBS offered their full support of the gala by nodding politely and then muttering under their breath as we turned around,” says Bee. “The evening is sure to bring plenty of surprises, music, food, and laughter—and if you’re not careful you just might learn something. Specifically, you’ll learn how screwed we’d be without a free press.”
Bee told Tagg that though they are still in their planning stages, they are always thinking about how to represent marginalized communities like the LGBTQ community and people of color.
In addition to raising money for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Bee hopes to “have a fun party that makes for great television.”
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