Just like her role as chief of staff on "Veep," actress Anna Chlumsky was the glue holding together a merry band of misfits Monday night: the members of Congress and media personalities participating in the 11th annual Will on the Hill benefit for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Chlumsky, D.C. actor Todd Scofield and the rest of the celebrity-studded cast (wearing the event's trademark oversized robes and floppy hats) put on a play called "Toil and Trouble," which made much fun of the state of cable news today. Chlumsky told jokes. "All of Washington's insiders are here -- and even some congressmen," she zinged, as Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. and Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., along with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and other members of Congress sat onstage nearby. And she kept the cast on cue. "And our White House correspondent, can you sum it up?" she hinted, as MSNBC's Chris Matthews sat, silently, with his binder full of lines firmly closed. "Well, I'll sum it up," she ad-libbed, saving the scene.