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Smile, You’re On Spicer Camera: Former Trump White House press secretary (and current senior advisor for America First PAC) Sean Spicer is now a “special correspondent” for celeb-news TV show Extra. What’s he doing? Interviewing DC “insiders” on what makes them tick. The first three interviews rolling out this week are with Mike Pompeo and his wife, Sarah Sanders and her husband, and Kellyanne Conway (without her Trump-criticizing husband, it seems). Spicer tells me that there’s more to come, and he claims future interviewees will come from across the political spectrum. Extra has not explained why it’s adding Trump insiders to its usual roster of Kardashians and British royals, but the coverage does not appear to be, how should we put it, probing. “Gosh, I loved Bohemian Rhapsody,” Pompeo apparently reveals during his interview. 

In some other political entertainment news: Nancy Pelosi will join Cher, Anita Hill, and others at the VH1 Trailblazer Honors to mark International Women’s Day. And DC chef José Andrés will be one of many big names presenting Best Picture nominees at this weekend’s Academy Awards. Rep. John Lewis will also be at the Oscars event.

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BOOKS Longtime DC residents remember DJ Cerphe Colwell’s voice from WHFS and other local stations. He will be at DIVE on Thursday discussing his book, Cerphe’s Up: A Musical Life with Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, CSNY, and Many More. As the title suggests, he’ll be sharing stories from his career hanging out with rock stars. Free to attend, 6 PM.

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Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.