As Hollywood elites walked the red carpet alongside some of the biggest names in news media at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, the excitement in the room was palpable. But perhaps there was no one as excited to be at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner as Bill Nye. The host of the popular '90s television show Bill Nye The Science Guy expressed his enthusiasm at sharing a table (and a few keys to success) with DJ Khaled over Twitter, giving followers a peek at the evening's festivities with a series of live tweets.
"I'm looking forward to talking science and 'major [key]s' with @djkhaled at tonight's #WHCD," Nye tweeted Saturday before Washington's "Nerd Prom" kicked off. Nye's use of the key emoji — largely popularized by DJ Khaled — references the music producers habit of dropping nuggets of life advice on fans via social media. Who knew Nye was a fan?
A guest of The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, Nye isn't likely to find himself lacking good conversation during dinner. Nye will share a table with HuffPo's other guests, which, along with DJ Khaled, also includes musician Steve Aoki, social media stars like Josh "The Fat Jew" Ostrovsky, and corporate heads from Facebook, Instagram, and Under Armour. I'd wager all of Nye's dinner companions have a few keys to success of their own to share.
DJ Khaled and Nye might seem like an odd match, but rest assured the two men have plenty of shared interests to talk about. For example, both are passionate about drawing attention to the issue of climate change. Nye wasted little time in getting DJ Khaled to help him drop his own major key during the White House correspondent's dinner.
Nye is no stranger to the White House, the science educator and mechanical engineer hosted the annual White House science fair just over two weeks ago with model and coding enthusiast Karlie Kloss. The two must have hit it off, as Nye, clad in his signature bowtie, snapped a quick selfie with Kloss, who was also in attendance Saturday. With 2,600 people in attendance, it's no easy feat to find someone inside the Washington Hilton ballroom.
While waiting for President Barack Obama to arrive and the White House correspondents' dinner to get under way, Nye popped into the Washington Post's WHCD party to snap a selfie or two in front of the bustling crowd. Nye also shared a quick snap of himself, Huffington, and Ostrovsky over Twitter and Instagram, with a caption that only further supports my hypothesis he and Kloss are now besties.
Nye's presence at the White House correspondents' dinner perfectly represents one of the greatest aspects of Washington's so-called "Nerd Prom" — the mingling of many bright minds and influential personalities all hailing from a multitude of industries.