The mix of real Washington insiders and cast members from Kevin Spacey's House of Cards earned the most laugh out loud moments of the night among the guests in the Hilton ballroom. Cutting, but not too cutting, the fake episode of the hit show reminded us how good Spacey is when he's bad.
Low: The Washington D.C. Hilton
Really WHCA, you HAVE to have this dinner at the Hilton every year? I hate to sound like a snob but...come on, a Hilton? ACTUAL PROMS are held at better hotels. Plus, we just don't like thinking that Paris Hilton is some how benefiting from this...she is the antithesis of nerd prom.
High: President Obama Jokes About Satan (and it totally worked!)
Remember the History Channel Antichrist that some people thought looked a little too much like a certain leader of the free world? We'd forgotten too, but President Obama got the last laugh. “The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing,” he said. “Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They thought that comparison was not fair ... to Satan.” Runner up best line by the President: “I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.” Zing, Mr. President, Zing.
Low: Bill O'Reilly's Face
You knew you were on camera; you couldn't even attempt to crack a smile, Mr. Falafel? Not even once? The entire Fox News table needs to take a cue from Comedy Central roastees at these dinners and politely feign laughter and then bitch about it later at the after party.
High: Coco's Cool Tonight Show Humor
Conan O'Brien put any jokes about his short tenure at the Tonight Show to rest with the following: “The president is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled. The number of Tonight Show hosts has tripled. Congratulations.” And congratulations to you, Conan, way to turn that pain into art!
Low: Duck Dynasty
If any A&E celebrities were going to attend this event I was hoping for either Dog the Bounty Hunter, a couple of past Intervention participants (just keep them away from the bar) or the cast of Bates Motel. I'm just not into these Duck Dynasty people. The title of the show had me hoping it was going to be an all water fowl remake of the '80s nighttime soap Dynasty and I've been let down ever since.
High: Daniel Day Lewis is Obama...is...Daniel Day Lewis
The hysterical faux Spielberg biopic has Daniel Day Lewis cast as the 44th president ("the answer was right in front of me all along," Spielberg said). Just when you thought this could go terribly wrong, there was the actual 44th president AS Daniel Day Lewis talking about the challenges of playing...HIMSELF. Very meta, very funny.
Low: A painfully underused Tracy Morgan
If you're going to cast loose cannon Tracy Morgan as loose cannon Joe Biden, do SOMETHING with him. What's less than a cameo? A pop-up? On second thought, maybe it was best for Spielberg to restrict Morgan's appearance to a minimum. Or maybe this was all the coherent footage they could get out of him.
High: Anderson and Rachel
Conan O'Brien comparing the relationship between President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner to a blind date between gay Anderson Cooper and lesbian Rachel Maddow. “It’s no surprise Speaker Boehner isn’t here tonight. In theory, they understand each other’s positions. But deep down you know nothing’s ever going to happen.” Pitch perfect Coco classic.
Low: Why can't Joe Biden come?