Monday, April 30, 2012

Funny or Die!

Chance Crawford stopped to pose with fans

by senior contributor Brendan Kownacki 

Funny or Die were not the only options at Friday night's First Amendment party--drink, dance, pose and be merry were high on the list as well. 

The star-studded bash, hosted by the IMPACT Arts + Film Fund, Funny or Die, National Journal & The Atlantic took over a cavernous space in downtown DC, formerly occupied by a Borders bookstore and created a hopping, rave-like atmosphere that was sure to please.


Stars of film and TV milled through the sea of people all to be a part of the celebration for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner weekend.  

Actor Ryan Kwanten from HBO's True Blood called the dinner and surrounding events a "highlight" for DC and said that it's a thrill for a "simple ozzy boy" like himself to get to come back and be a part of it for another year. 

Model Kate Upton, who graced the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, said she was looking forward to this year's host Jimmy Kimmel, noting that "Out of all the talk shows, he's the one that makes me really laugh." 

Kate Upton

Though some of the stars breezed through and hid behind security details, Upton was content in one corner of the room playing on her blackberry and dancing with friends. 

Across the room, Woody Harrelson chatted with fans about his recent role playing Steve Schmidt in HBO's Game Change and Mythbusters' Adam Savage circulated the party, talking science (and blowing things up) with crowds of supporters.

Savage, who is arguably a professional geek, said "I got shitty grades in high-school" and that he has come a long way to where he is now, putting science to the test regularly on his hit show. 

Richard Kind and Adam Savage

Also buzzing around the crowd was Charlize Theron, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rosario Dawson, Richard Kind, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Dae Kim and Chace Crawford.