A crowd of more than 2,000 will be squeezed into the ballroom at the Washington Hilton Saturday night for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; however, your couch is probably a much more comfortable place to watch President Obama and host Joel McHale crack jokes during the extravaganza. Luckily, several networks will be airing the events on TV in addition to live-streaming everything online. And don’t forget the red carpet! Here are some frequently asked questions about how/when/where to watch:
[The Post will be live-blogging the red carpet and the dinner — come join the fun here.]
When does it start?
The actual dinner is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., but the good stuff (when the president and McHale speak) will likely be in the 10 p.m. hour. Expect it to wrap up around 11 p.m.
Where can I watch?
A few options. First, C-SPAN — this event is C-SPAN’s Super Bowl, and they cover the whole thing. Live red carpet arrivals kick off at 6 p.m., and the channel switches to show the dinner at 7:45 p.m. Livestream it here.
Over on CNN, “CNN Newsroom” will provide red carpet updates from 6 to 8 p.m. Their official dinner coverage is from 8 to 11 p.m., but the first two hours will just be highlights from past dinners, and a previously-taped interview with McHale. They swap over to the dinner at 10 p.m. for the president’s speech and McHale.
MSNBC will also have coverage starting at 9 p.m., and will stream it on the Web site here.
What if I’m out and I miss it and forget to set my DVR?
There are plenty of reruns: C-SPAN will air a three-hour wrap-up of the whole thing at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.; CNN will also have an encore presentation of the dinner at 11 p.m.
Where can I see all the after-parties?
Those unfortunately are not televised — but the Post’s live blog will have all the details.
Which celebrities will be there?
Here’s a full list of celebs expected to attend — but mostly, just look for the casts of buzzy TV shows including “Scandal,” “Nashville,” “House of Cards” and more.
View Photo Gallery —As the annual dinner approaches, a look back at past performers who have elicited big laughs and awkward silence, and the famous names who made their way to the celebrity-studded event in Washington.