A Comedian and a Candidate Share a Big 'Saturday Night'

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, February 25, 2008

You can take the girl out of Washington, but you can't escape politicians. Comedian Casey Wilson made her debut this weekend on "Saturday Night Live" -- while Mike Huckabee lobbied her dad for support.

The 27-year-old Alexandria native had about 20 family members and friends at Rockefeller Center to see her launch as the newest cast member of the show. Her father, Republican political consultant Paul Wilson, was sitting in her dressing room when the GOP presidential candidate wandered in and proceeded to charm all present. Huckabee, scheduled to appear on "SNL" that night, even got on the phone with Casey's uncle, who couldn't make it to New York. "I think he picked up two votes," Casey told us yesterday.

Huckabee's appearance on the "Weekend Update" segment got raves when he displayed his comic chops in a clever bit about refusing to give up his faltering campaign. "When it's time for me to go, I'll know, and I'll exit out with class and grace," he said -- and then ignored broad hints to leave the set. At the post-show cast party, Huckabee's wife confided to Wilson that he had dreamed of appearing on the show. "Me, too," answered Wilson.

The T.C. Williams grad (class of '98) thought she wanted to be a serious actress after starring in her high school's "Sound of Music." Then she attended Yale's summer acting program, where a teacher delivered the bad news: "You should think about doing comedy." Wilson headed to NYU, where she joined the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and wrote a two-woman show with best friend June Raphael. That led to a stint in Hollywood, the screenplay for "Bride Wars" with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, and an "SNL" audition for Lorne Michaels in December during the writers' strike.

In her first show Saturday, Wilson got plenty of exposure in six sketches, including a busty impression of celebrity cook Rachael Ray and a stripper/love interest in a parody of VH1's "Rock of Love." She topped off the night by meeting Steve Martin ("He's my favorite actor of all time, so I was floored") and celebrating with girlfriends until 5 a.m. "It was surreal."


Who cares about Oscars? Apparently not President Bush, who hosted his own red-carpet event at the White House last night: the annual black-tie dinner for the nation's governors. The guest list included former Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson, Arnold Schwarzenegger (with mother-in-law Eunice Shriver) and husband-and-wife stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Hope they set the TiVo!

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

* Mary Wilson singing and stumping at Levine School of Music on Saturday. The former Supreme (the group, not the court) met with about 50 Levine students and parents at the Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus in Southeast, sang "Stop! In the Name of Love" and explained why she's supporting Hillary Clinton: "This is not an issue of black or white. Only a woman has the power and the awareness to nurture America back to where it should be."

* Mark Shriver and Nigel Lythgoe dining at the Palm on Thursday. Save the Children's managing director and "American Idol's" executive producer had salmon and steak; no word on dinner chat -- but the children's charity was one of the beneficiaries of the show's $70 million "Idol Gives Back" special last season.


* Expecting: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who revealed an unmistakable baby bump Saturday at Film Independent's Spirit Awards. A source told People the couple are "thrilled to be adding to their brood," which includes Maddox, 6; Pax, 4 (his adoption just became official); Zahara, 3; and Shiloh, 1. No word when the baby is due.

* Reunited: Britney Spears was finally allowed to see her sons for three hours Saturday. After terms were hammered out by lawyers, the boys came to Spears's home for the first time since Jan. 3; her psychiatrist and her father, Jamie, supervised the visit.

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