UPDATE: Wanda Sykes Gives Extremely Partisan Performance At WH Correspondents Dinner

Many previous U.S. presidents have turned to Hollywood comedy pros to liven up their speeches to the White House Correspondents Dinner, but Newsweek is reporting that Barack Obama is relying on his aides and staff tonight. Ludacris is telling press he hopes chosen mockster Wanda Sykes doesn’t hold back. According to WHC, Hollywood types at tonight’s schmoozefest included Steven Spielberg and the following:

  • Fox News: Chace Crawford, Matthew Modine
  • National Music Publishers’ Assn.: Kara DioGuardi
  • BBC: Sir Howard Stringer, Ellen Burstyn
  • CNN: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Val Kilmer, Kyra Sedgwick, Tyra Banks
  • ABC News: Jon Bon Jovi, Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel
  • Fortune: George Lucas, Glenn Close
  • People: Sting and Trudie Styler, Ludacris, Jon Hamm, Miranda Cosgrove, Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria Parker, Brooke Shields
  • USA TODAY: Tim Daly, Justin Long, Richard Belzer
  • Atlantic Magazine:Ed Westick
  • Newsweek: Michael Kives, Jim Berkus, Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson
  • NBC: Ari Emanuel, Colin Firth, Jimmy Fallon, Mariska Hargitay, Mike Myers, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, John Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Denis Leary
  • CBS: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall