Can Guests Drink At The White House Correspondents' Dinner? Washington Is About To Let Loose

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Affectionately known as “nerd” prom, the White House Correspondents' Dinner is an opportunity for Washington and Hollywood to combine — movie stars mingle with the press, the President tells jokes to entertainers, and everyone gets dressed up and has a grand old time. With so many people of different backgrounds in one room, I’m sure that there can be awkward moments. You know what helps me in awkward situations? Booze. Can guests drink at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner? You bet your bottom dollar they can. 

Back in 2014, then-President of the White House Correspondents' Association Steve Thomma told U.S. News & World Report, "It's still just a dinner ... We serve alcohol. We hire a guy to tell jokes. It's not meant to be serious. It's meant to be a fun evening." And more recently on April 29, Yahoo News' chief Washington correspondent Olivier Knox told The Hollywood Reporter, "One thing you can't really tell by watching is how loud it is in that room ... It gets very, very loud – possibly because of all the drinks consumed during the pre-dinner cocktail hours." So not only can guests have a drink alongside their actual dinner, but there will be alcohol served before things get started, ensuring that there's more than enough booze to go around.

The 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner is shaping up to serve quite the roster, too. According to Deadline, Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show, will get hosting duties, and the guest list is extensive. JC Chasez from ‘NSYNC will be there, as will Sela Ward, Jeff Goldblum, and Will Smith. Also attending the WHCD are Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City, Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, and Tony Goldwyn of Scandal, football stars Von Miller and Odell Beckham, Jr., Miles Teller, Kendall Jenner, Neve Campbell, Morgan Freeman, and many, many more. 

Because there will be alcohol available and a plethora of stars there, I’ve come up with some dream scenarios that I wish would happen at this year’s WHCD.

Ilana & Abbi Have Chicken Fights With Odell & Von

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Let’s say the dinner is, for some reason, really boring. Armed with a glass or seven of champagne, what if Ilana and Abbi from Broad City teamed up with ginormous football players Odell and Von for a good, old-fashioned chicken fight in the White House fountain. That would certainly make for a splash. For what it’s worth, my money’s on the duo of Ilana and Von.

Tony Goldwyn Puts Himself In The Presidential Race

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Sure, Tony Goldwyn plays the President on Scandal, but what if his role as Fitzgerald Grant has made him want to become the President IRL? I’m sure the ABC series has given him plenty of ideas of how to stage a major moment like that.

Someone Wears A Scream Mask To Freak Neve Campbell Out

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Sure, it’s been two decades since the first Scream movie came out, but I doubt Campbell could ever forget her role as Sidney Prescott. One tall guy in that long, droopy mask jumps in front of her and I bet she'd bring some of the kickass moves from Scream to Washington, D.C.

So these occurrences probably won’t happen, but it would make for quite the evening in our nation’s capital. We’re used to just listening for the best jokes, but how about a little action, huh?

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