Sam Bee

Samantha Bee, TBS to Host Rival White House Correspondents' Dinner

Samantha Bee isn’t waiting for an invitation to Donald Trump‘s first, sure-to-be-awkward White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this spring. She’s creating her own shindig.

The Full Frontal star and vocal Trump critic announced Monday via the New York Times that she is planning a rival event — called “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” — to take place in Washington, D.C. in April 29, the same night as the actual Correspondents’ Association dinner. 

“We’re not trying to supersede it,”Bee told the 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.”

The idea for the event, which will feature a number of TBA comedians and likely air on TBS (home of Bee’s Full Frontal), was hatched shortly after Trump was elected in November.

“We were talking out loud about whether we thought the White House Correspondents’ dinner would change during a Trump presidency, or if it would even exist,” she said. “And then we thought, ‘Why don’t we just do one, just to do it in the way that we would want it done if we were hosting it?'”

Trump’s inaugural White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has yet to announce a host, but Bee has a suggestion. “Does 3 Doors Down do comedy?” she joked to the Times. “I don’t know, maybe they do.”

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  1. Charles says:

    when are they going to learn this over the top reaction is not playing well in middle America. And if they want to change the results in 4 years, a LOT of people from California and New York need to move to Midwest states, like Kansas and Indiana, en masse to change the outcome. Otherwise, if the economy turns around, you will have 4 more years of Trump. Everyday you cry wolf, people have started to tune out. Wait until there is something to REALLY protest, but by then it will be too late.

    • Mary says:

      Wow there has been plenty to protest about, have you not been paying attention or is it because it doesn’t affect you personally so you cannot see it. It would be great for the economy to turn around but what many of you don’t realize is that the Government isn’t just about that. It is to protects the rights of ALL. Seriously the me and lack of humanity society we have become is the most dishearten of all.

      • Angela says:

        Seriously I guess apparently in some people’s eyes we can only care about one issue at a time. If we’re worried about the economy (which I am), we can’t possibly care about the refugee issue, too, or any of the other things concerning different groups of people about this administration.
        And if people honestly believe this administration is going to make our economy better, that is …incredibly naive thinking at best. The way Trump mocks and insults people should be a clue to how much he really doesn’t care about anyone but himself. If he thinks it’s okay to treat refugees like this, if he thinks it’s okay to insult disabled people or women or Mexicans and so on, then it’s not exactly a leap for him to treat poor and working class people like crap, either. His actions and words are very telling and people need to pay attention.

        • Tom says:

          Protesting is a joke now. You have taken away its power, by doing it all the time. People were protesting for rights, THEY STILL HAVE. So no one cares, but yourselves and media who make money filming the insanity. Go hold your sign, feel good about it, but no one is going to change policy because of it.

          • Chris says:

            That’s what has been said about all protests in history and guess what they did change policy

          • Angela says:

            People were protesting for rights, THEY STILL HAVE.
            No, they’re protesting to try and keep the rights they fear they’re going to lose thanks to this administration, genius.
            And Trump’s approval ratings are abysmal. The protests may not change his mind, but if any GOP politicians care at all about getting re-elected down the line, our continuing to be vocal and loud could possibly make them nervous enough to at least try and rein him in a little, if not support looking into impeaching him (which is what I’m ultimately hoping will happen).
            Bottom line, we’re going to keep making as much noise as we possibly can, because the longer people stay silent, the easier it is for people like Trump to run roughshod over them and screw them over. We need to keep making it abundantly clear that’s not going to happen.

          • Tom says:

            Ha. Trump campaigned on a Muslim ban, Campaigned on a Border Wall, you think him delivering on his campaign promises is going to cost him voters, is going to cost his party. You are delusional. Cry all you want, all you are doing is making it harder to live in liberal cities, you are not influencing policy.

          • Angela says:

            @Tom: There’s been prominent conservatives coming out to criticize Trump’s immigration ban. Cheney and the Koch brothers, of all people, recently expressed they didn’t agree with this move by Trump. And I know plenty of conservatives/Republicans who do not agree with what Trump’s been doing thus far, and there’s Trump supporters who are experiencing buyer’s remorse. So let’s stop with this “it’s only liberals complaining/protesting” BS, because that is far from the truth. If the GOP doesn’t stand up to Trump and rein him in soon, it will hurt their party in the long run.
            And yes, we’re all fully aware that Trump is acting on the things he campaigned on. Hence why people were vocal in their opposition to him before the election as well as on the day he got inaugurated. We’ve been making it clear for the past three months that we’re going to be a thorn in his side up to and during his presidency, and making it clear we never have supported and never will support what he tries to do. That’s kind of the whole point. God willing, enough people in our government will listen to us as time goes on.

          • DL says:

            You do realize you’re basically telling us to shut up, forget democracy, and accept fascism, right? Yeah, no thanks.

          • Tom says:

            There is no fascism here, Democracy still rules, and this childlike screaming and anarchist violence won’t do the Democrats any favors come 2018.

        • Juke says:

          We also need to protest while we still can — I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Trump’s thugs sent out to stop any and all marches or assemblies. The Tyrant-in-Chief just refused to abide by the rule of law after a court order stopped his ban. He ignored it and sent out his stormtroopers to keep the ban in place. That is so wrong on so many levels. Constitutional crisis. Usurper. Coup. Totalitarian regime…

        • Lucifer says:

          Yeah, protesting for things they think might happen because of fear mongering is super productive. Especially having a march lead by a radical muslim who has talked about genitally mutilating women who criticize radical Islam. And it’s lovely how you all are upset over the temporary migrant ban put in place, despite it being the exact one Obama designed right down to the countries chosen.

          Stop using the “he insults women” card because he never singled out women exclusively. He responded to anything directed at him from a man, woman, or Rosie O’Donnell. I don’t know what Trump will achieve, but it’s funny how we all thought Obama was going to help the middle class despite him driving the knife in deeper than Bush.

          The extreme overreactions to Trump are hilarious and desensitizing. Protesting and complaining about everything he does and might do is not going to help anyone when he actually does something worthy of being criticized. And most of these protesters are not helping since the majority of them are hostile and tend to block traffic or are disrupting people who actually work or go to school.

          Many of you still don’t get why Trump won. It wasn’t hatred, or racism, or xenophobia. This election was all about change and Democrats shot themselves in the foot by taking out Sanders, who polled the best out of all presidential candidates, and promoting the epitome of everything wrong with politics: Hillary Clinton. If they had played fair and allowed Sanders to rightfully become their nominee, he’d likely be president.

          • Mary says:

            Wrong go to fact they will explain the TRUTH to you. Stop listening to Trump and his alternative facts. Sorry Trump win was hatred, for the Clintons pure and simple. Many didn’t show up because they hated both of them unfortunately the ones who normally didn’t come out to vote came in droves. I doubt Sanders would have won either. Look at the history of voting. After a party is in office for two terms doubtful that another one would have won.

            At this point it doesn’t matter. It is not a left or right issue it is an America issue. If people choose to bury your head and hope for the best go for it, but don’t expect others to follow. Maybe if he had try to unify people after the election instead of attacking on twitter and acting like a mentally unstable human being then maybe but sorry not happening.

      • rob horine says:

        And Obama did a bang up job of it. As long as you had a “D” next to your name. Republicans could go to hell as far as he was concerned.

        • Mary says:

          Seriously, you do like those alternative fact don’t you. Never blame the GOP for sitting on their butt for 8 years and refusing to work with him. You need to come up with a more viable rebuttal because quite frankly this one is getting tedious.

          • Lucifer says:

            Talk about “alternative facts.” It’s not secret Republicans were not doing their job and working with Obama as they should have. However, neither was Obama. There was a complete lack of compromise on both sides of the isle. And all of those executive orders Obama carried out that you were all praising while us moderates and centrists were sitting here saying “this is setting an alarming precedent for future administrations and the amount of power they have.” And now Trump is the president. But let’s not shatter your alternative way of looking at it, now.

          • Mary says:

            Well look at Obama record of using the executive order compare to other Presidents, not even close. The rate Trump is going he will surpass them all. You are right both side needs to meet in the middle. Everyone should be afraid with him giving Bannon national security position.

    • Interesting cause I know people from those two states (who are actually republicans who DO in fact worry about the sanity of this president.

    • CountryQueen says:

      When are you going to learn that you do NOT speak for ALL of middle America. I live there, and cannot wait for this.

      • JScout says:

        Me too. I’m in Texas and love Samantha Bee. And hate this administration. We will keep protesting until Trump is impeached. These protests aren’t for fun, they are to change course from this disastrous start to his presidency. They will only get bigger as he continues to do idiotic things.

        • therealjonpalmer says:

          As much as I want Trump gone, he protected himself from impeachment (unless the GOP does it) by making Mike Pence VP. Other than Ted Cruz, I can’t think of a worse alternative than Pence and his anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ ways.

    • Angela says:

      it’s playing just fine for this particular middle American right here. There’s been protests in this part of the country, too, you know.
      And I”d like to know what w’ere “crying wolf” about, exactly? Everything Trump’s been pulling thus far has been very troubling and concerning, and there is plenty out there that he’s done already worth protesting. He’s already drunk on power and making ridiculous decisions, we don’t exactly want to sit around and wait until it’s too late to finally start calling him out.

    • Chuck says:

      Here’s an idea. Why don’t you Middle Americans venture out of your bubble and travel to the coasts to see what real Americans experience there? I was born in Ohio and moved away. I’ve seen both sides of this fence. I think you’re the one in the bubble.

      • Tom says:

        Why would they need to venture out, the coast life experience is well documented as it makes up 90% plus of TV and Film.

        • Mary says:

          Maybe they would learn to develop a little humanity and compassion for others outside of their bubble. A little diversity is empowering, you might not be so afraid of the other guy. The old saying small towns small minds.

          • Tom says:

            Ha, right, they are the ones in the bubble. They whose lives are never shown by the media or turned into TV. Haha. I refer you to SNL’s one good sketch this year. The Bubble.

          • Mary says:

            Umm I seem to remember a few tv reality shows of the middle America. Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, the Duggars. What’s the matter they didn’t really reflect you well.

          • Lucifer says:

            Mary, are you possibly projecting? I’m not even kidding, I’m really curious because it sure doesn’t seem like there’s any desire to understand the people you loath for simply thinking differently.

          • Mary says:

            Believe I am from a small town so I do know of what I speak. I have tried to listen to the other side, yes I know it was all about the economy. They hated her more bla bla bla. Well I’m sorry I don’t care to listen when they continue to excuse his lies. Up is not down or vice versa.

    • Ron says:

      I can’t really add much that other commenters haven’t already said. But this “middle America” argument is getting tired. Middle America lives in a bubble just like those on the coasts. I know, because I’ve lived in both. Also, if you’re talking about this not playing well in middle America, well, those to whom it doesn’t play well weren’t fans and never were going to be fans of Bee. Also, SO many protests also broke out in middle America. The protests were all over the country, not just the coasts. The economy isn’t the only issue people care about. I spent 25 years of my life living in Ohio; all of my family still lives in Ohio. Let me tell you, many people there are NOT happy with Trump. Many of my friends and family back in Ohio are telling me they know many people who voted for Trump and are already referring to him as Hitler (his recent EO really turned them off). Many friends who live in a small, deeply red county (a county that voted for Trump en masse), had hundreds protest him yesterday after only half a day notice. Trump is on the fast track to losing Ohio, and if that happens, he’s done for. Your single narrative of middle America isn’t accurately represented in how middle America is viewing Trump.

      • Ron says:

        And might I add to my above post that the middle America doesn’t really hold water because Trump already has a majority disapproval rating…after one week! It took pretty much every other president years to attain a majority disapproval rating, and Trump did it in one week. If middle America were so pro-Trump and pro-Trump policies like you’re trying to claim, then he would not have a majority disapproval rating already.

  2. z says:

    That’ll be awesome

  3. hbeachman says:

    Interesting choice of photo. Judging from the look on Sam’s face it appears that 45 is either about to stick his finger where the sun don’t shine or he just finished probing.

  4. Raul J says:

    Is there a reason you chose a photo where Samantha Bee looks constipated?

  5. I’d make a crack about this being unnecessary, but given how painful Trump’s hosting of SNL was, maybe it is.

  6. West says:

    THIS I’ve got to see. Samantha Bee will do the whole shebang justice, of course. I’m wondering exactly how long it will take the Orange Baboon to respond via Twitter with his usual third grade comebacks?

  7. Mark says:

    This is lame. Keep it up…celebs still don’t realize they have no power

    • Mary says:

      Don’t worry if Trump has it his way nobody will have power except him and his racist guy Bannon. Enjoy it while you can and be thankful that Celebrities and others speak up because it is obvious you sheep are willing to be lead to slaughter.

      • loveNY says:

        I’m no Trump fan but I am sick of celebrities telling me how to think. And they still don’t get how out of touch they and Hollywood are to most Americans. It’s partially thanks to them that we’re where are now.

        Sure, there are shows and sports I like to watch but that doesn’t mean I want to know anything about them once they’re off the air. The highest rated show last year had less than 20 million viewers. That’s less than 7% of the total US population yet these are people who think they should/could speak for everyone?

        • Mary says:

          Seriously, nobody is telling you how to think. They are giving an opinion. You either agree or disagree. As much as you all hate to admit it they are citizens just like you.
          All of you need to get over it because the truth is if they sway someone one way or the other than obviously that person is ignorant and uninformed on actually doing research
          on whom they are voting for. Just a reminder Trump was a TV REALITY guy.

    • JScout says:

      What are you talking about, Mark. Trump is a celeb, the awful host of a game show. You you elected him president. How stupid does that make you?

  8. rob horine says:

    Ms. Bee. The queen of fake news.

    • Mary says:

      No I think that honor has already been taken by Kellyann herself, remember “alternative facts”.

      • Lucifer says:

        Oh, you mean the term that was taken completely out of context to make her look like a liar because they presented an alternative viewpoint of the inauguration? Here’s a little tip, Mary, most of you crying and raging live off of “alternative facts.”

        • Mary says:

          You all need to start opening your eyes and ears. Saw the interview and it came out exactly like she said it. Here’s a tip when you change the facts to suite you even with visual evidence then it is you who needs to self reflect.

          • Wayne says:

            You’re doing gods work in these comments, Mary. Haha. Keep it up. You’ve kept a cool head and been nothing but logical. Thank you. And Trump supporters just keep proving that they want to be heard but they have only immature and antagonistic things to say.

        • JScout says:

          It wasn’t an alternative viewpoint. It was lies. And Kellyanne Conjob called those lies alternative facts. I watched it live and I know the context. Fake news is not something that you don’t agree with. Fake news is lies. And that’s what Trump and his administration do all the time.

  9. Bark Star says:

    Win back America. We stand with the Resistance !#WhateverItTakes