Couric's Roast: Well Done, Yet Juicy
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."
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