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Couric's Roast: Well Done, Yet Juicy

Katie Couric chats with Rick Kaplan at her roast. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)

What's so funny about Katie Couric? Oh, lots. The perkiness, the boy toys, the lousy ratings. She's a comic gold mine!

And we haven't even mentioned the colonoscopy jokes. No worries: Her friends and colleagues were quick to bring it up Wednesday night at a "roast and toast" of the super-anchor at the Helen Thomas Award Dinner of the American News Women's Club.

Rick Kaplan, her "CBS Evening News" producer, told the crowd that Couric's famously televised medical procedure is on YouTube. "I just wish they hadn't put music to it. Gives a whole new meaning to 'The Long and Winding Road.' " But seriously: "She's dated younger men, but that's not a problem for our broadcast," he said. "So far Spring Break and sweeps are different weeks."

The dinner at the Fairmont Hotel raised money for journalism scholarships; White House adviser David Axelrod noted Couric often lends a hand to charity. "She does it all the time to help nonprofits -- like CBS." Ooooohh! "She's number one in the ratings -- in our hearts." Ohhhhh! Axelrod looked up. "It is a roast, did I read the memo right?"

GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace reminded everyone of the famous Sarah Palin interview: If Palin can see Russia from her house, well, Couric can see New Jersey from hers -- "but that's as close as you media elites get to Jersey." CBS analyst Jeff Greenfield revisited the younger-men theme: With their viewing demographic, "you will do anything to talk to anyone under 65. ... Our audience thinks YouTube is a hemorrhoid ointment."

More yuks from Sam Donaldson (intern Couric made a fine cup of coffee) and former Pentagon beat rival David Martin ("the next day the [expletive] scooped me!")

Also, Mike Huckabee: "You may be wondering if I'm a narrow-minded Baptist who thinks only Baptists go to heaven. Well, I'm even more narrow than that. I don't think all the Baptists are going to make it." (What's that have to do with Couric? Nothing, but it's funny.)

Helen Thomas
wrapped with a bit of political commentary on the Palin interview. "The ballgame was over after that." Couric, she insisted, "saved the country."

By The Reliable Source  |  May 22, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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Why does it say: Posted at 1:02 AM ET, 05/22/2009 when it is currently 10:00 PM ET?

Posted by: ArlingtonVA3 | May 21, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas Coos That Couric's Palin Interview 'Saved the Country'

CBS News Exec Kaplan Advances Palin Distortion

Posted by: StewartIII | May 22, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas's partisan jab demonstrates again that she is and has always been a second rate partisan pundit, not a reporter.

Posted by: bobmoses | May 22, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is without a doubt the ugliest women on the face of the earth.

Posted by: fe59 | May 22, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Helen Thomas was trying to be funny, but really it was Tina Fey who saved the world, and Palin did her share to hang herself. Still Kouric did a good, fair interview.

Posted by: msame | May 25, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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