2. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Bee, American comedian:
"I certainly feel like the press is under assault here and so when we thought, because if we would like to, if you're going to do an event we are going to do, we would like to direct love in places where we think love is needed. So when we endeavoured to do this dinner, this event, we thought, who can we give, I mean CPJ (The Committee to Protect Journalists) just come up for us immediately. It seemed very logical. We're doing an event that celebrates the freedom of the press. We care deeply about it. I mean we couldn't do our show. For God's sake, we could not do our show if things were more restricted. So nobody needs press freedom, more than we do."
3. Cutaway of Bee
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Bee, American comedian:
"We're certainly, personally trying to draw attention to it. I don't know that we could do anything about it, except to draw more attention to it, except to make people aware of what the stakes are. I think the stakes are very high. I'm sure that if he changes the libel laws, I'll be the first to go. I'm laughing, it's not funny, that's terrible."
6. Pan to Indian-born television personality and author, Padma Lakshmi
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Padma Lakshmi, television personality:
"It's important because I want to support Samantha. I think she's really talented. It's wonderful to see her succeed. It's surprising that I didn't know about her years before. I know she was a writer on other shows. It's going to be a great night. And it's a good way to look at the atrocity that is going on in Washington DC right now, with a bit of humour and wit."
8. Cutaway of media
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Padma Lakshmi, television personality:
"I will say that having an open relationship with the media is critical for any administration. And very much at the heart of our democracy. Getting accurate, truthful, timely information is paramount to preserving what America is all about. It's why it's in our constitution."
10. American comedian Matt Walsh talking to media
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matt Walsh, American comedian:
"It's more important than ever, obviously the administrations have been hostile to the media before but this one is particularly isolating or singling out the retailers of media that they like and the positive ones so more than ever it's a burden on the free media, like you guys, to challenge them and take them to task, to not quit, to not take it personal that they're disrespectful and to be the voice of the people. So more than ever, it's super important."
Washington's once-glitzy "nerd prom" was briefly upstaged Saturday as comedians and Hollywood stars gathered for jokes and jests about President Donald Trump for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Late-night TV star Samantha Bee pulled in celebrities for the first "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner": Alysia Reiner of "Orange Is the New Black," Retta of "Parks and Recreation" and Matt Walsh of "Veep."
Bee's show, a comedic tribute to American news organizations, featured actor Will Ferrell and other guests roasting Trump and his allies.
Bee, who hosts TBS' weekly show "Full Frontal," said she cared deeply about the press.
Bee's taped show singled out the Committee to Protect Journalists, the nonprofit group that will receive proceeds from the show.
The show humorously assailed topics like "alternative facts," a remark once made by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway that drew heavy criticism.