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Tim Young Abuzz About NPC Spelling Bee

Conservative comic Tim Young is not planning to mince words Wednesday during the National Press Club’s “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee. “Oh, I’m roasting,” Young assured HOH, mapping out plans to poke fun at the assembled pols, the perplexing speaker’s race and, of course, the glut of begging-to-be-satirized presidential contenders. “I watch it pretty intently,” Young, a one-time political reporter who has since transitioned to skewering our deeply flawed leaders full-time, said of his fascination with our system of government. “The only thing you can do is … laugh at it,” he suggested, billing the current presidential primary cycle as an infinite source of inspiration. Take all the stump speeches Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., has been delivering to would-be socialists across America. Whereas some remain awestruck by the groundswell of populist support for the far-left candidate, Young confessed to being totally hung up on the guy’s elocution. “It’s like watching Richard Dreyfuss doing a bad impersonation of Richard Nixon,” he asserted. Young expects to have his way with the news of day during a carefully choreographed set that’s expected to include a 60-second skit featuring defending spelling bee champ Sen. Tim Kaine. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) “He’s been such a good sport about the whole thing,” Young shared of his dealings with the Virginia Democrat. The planned multimedia-rich presentation prompted HOH to compose a short list of films the contenders may want to peruse before the vocabulary terms start flying. Each of the spelling-centric flicks contains invaluable life lessons that could help participants get into the proper head space prior to stepping on stage. Akeelah and the Bee Cheaters never win. Bad Words Know your etymology. Spellbound Revel in the moment. Bee Season Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. JHMS The Spelling Bee Technology is not your friend. The contest is scheduled to take place in the NPC ballroom promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets to the fundraiser — part of the proceeds are expected to flow through to the NPC Journalism Institute — are $10 for Press Club members and $15 for the general public. Related: As GOP Mulls Its Future, All Eyes Fixed on Paul Ryan Rekindled Hill Vs. Hacks Rivalry Fuels Centennial Spelling Bee See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.