As Spy alumni never tire of reminding the world, whatever it is, Spy did it before and/or better than anyone else. That claim held up at last night’s party for Spy: The Funny Years, where Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter got off the best Graydon Carter joke of the night, hands down. Complimenting his former employees on aging gracefully, the portly, white-winged editor remarked, “I looked in the mirror before coming here and realize I look a lot like Barbara Bush. I almost wore a twinset and pearls.” (VF staffers did not join in the laughter, having heard their boss drop this line an untold number of times.)
Carter and his fellow Funny Years authors, co-founder Kurt Andersen and George Kalogerakis, were introduced by Harvey Weinstein, who said he’d been instructed not to let Kalogerakis give a toast. When it became evident that Weinstein wasn’t kidding, the crowd intervened, chanting “George! George! George!” until Kalogerakis obliged. His speech: “Thanks for coming. The bar’s still open.”
Among the swells who showed up to reminisce were lead Vogue-ette Anna Wintour, Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell, Time Inc. editorial czar John Huey, Revlon’s Ron Perelman (in an orange baseball cap), and former Time editor Jim Kelly. Notably absent was Donald Trump, whose sobriquet (“short-fingered vulgarian”) may stand as Spy‘s most enduring achievement. Asked whether Trump had been invited, Carter claimed not to know, while backing rapidly away.
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