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After watching House of Cards, you’d think that the real Washington, D.C., would want to distance itself from the nefarious plotting of Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood. But you’d be wrong.
The Netflix series played a big role at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night with the spoof “House of Nerds,” in which Spacey’s Underwood character takes on actual politicians and political journalists. The list of cameos includes Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
While the title is somewhat misleading (are politicos really nerds?), the spoof works thanks to some excellent writing that isn’t afraid to poke fun at political controversy.
Case in point, Underwood’s comments to Bloomberg, “You can’t run for mayor again, Mike. That’ll put Anthony Wiener in a pickle, and he’ll tweet that pickle.” Underwood suggests that Bloomberg consider running for the president of the correspondent’s association, but Bloomberg points out that’s only a one-year position. “Since when have term limits stopped you?” quipped Underwood.
In addition to being hilarious, the spoof shows Netflix’s increasingly prominent position in the media landscape. Netflix content head Ted Sarandos is even called out in the spoof by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Mary.). “You have to introduce me to Ted Sarandos at dinner, I can’t get my f—– Netflix to work!,” Hoyer demanded in a phone call with Underwood.
It’s significant that Hoyer didn’t ask for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. When it comes to Netflix’s future — and perhaps the future of media itself — its Sarandos and his push towards high-quality original content that will have the most impact over the next few years.