Stephen Colbert set the bar, but comedy gold is common at D.C. event: Remember highlights from Jon Stewart, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, Seth Meyers, and... Laura Bush?!
It was a different era in 1997. The Lewinsky scandal hadn't yet broken; the economy was booming; and a young comedian named Jon Stewart wouldn't become host of The Daily Show for another two years. But the brown-haired (!) jokester gave a hint of what was to come with his well-received remarks, gamely imitating Washington insiders and making self-deprecating cracks about how he ended up on the podium. (Apparently, both Rosie O'Donnell and Dennis Miller were unavailable.)
Best line: ''I love Senator Kennedy. I think that guy's the coolest. Although I do think he has kind of an enormous head. Honestly, it doesn't even look like a head it looks more like a container for a head.''