Republican strategist Ron Bonjean and his wife Sara throw what is most likely Washington's most ridiculous holiday house party. At their home on a quiet street in Alexandria, they tent the backyard and pack in hundreds (412 to be exact) of D.C.'s media and political establishment along with one surprise D-list Hollywood celebrity.
This year it was Dustin "Screech" Diamond from "Saved by the Bell" fame. Diamond arrived at the fete a bit late, after Doug Heye, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., tasked to pick up the actor, got a flat tire en route to the Bonjean house. Once there, Diamond and his significant other Amanda were swarmed by the crowd.
Party host Ron Bonjean welcomes Dustin Diamond to his Alexandria, Va., home. (Hollywood on the Potomac)
"This is pretty chill, it's pretty normal," Diamond told Whispers. "A lot of people fly out from all over the country to come to this Christmas party and there are so many important people here and for everyone to come and kind of let their hair down for a night, it's enjoyable, it's nice."
Diamond was among a cast of colorful characters including an Austin Powers impersonator (who was following around Brian Walsh, a new hire at Singer Bonjean Strategies), an Elvis impersonator, a mime and the Budget Troll (described on Twitter as being partial to bridges, power brunches, kickball and open bars). Party guests also got into it. One couple dressed as Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone from "Anchorman" and another duo of bros were copycats of Sasha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator."
Party guests dressed like "The Dictator" flanked Dustin "Screech" Diamond and his significant other, Amanda. (Hollywood on the Potomac)
At the bars, guests got an only-in-Washington cocktail, the Fireball-based "Nuclear Option," and took jello shots.
The Bonjean tradition of having a celebrity has-been attend the party started in 2010 with another "Saved by the Bell" star, Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on the popular late '80s teen show. The year after, a very gropey Gary Busey came to play. And last year, "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada charmed the crowd.
An Austin Powers impersonator roamed the party with Mini Me. (Hollywood on the Potomac)