- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

“They’re going to do great. The boys are getting used to the heat,” says Washington Nationals wife Jarah Bergmann, who is married to pitcher Jason Bergmann.

Is she referring to the weather or the pressure to continue the team’s late-season turnaround?

Mrs. Bergmann told us, while bouncing her 15-month-old daughter, Alexandra, on her knee, that she and the other Washington Nationals “first ladies” will be heating things up on their own this weekend.

As fans show up to see their spouses take on the Milwaukee Brewers, the real wives of Nationals Park will be sporting their hubbys’ jerseys and collecting school supplies for their third annual Back to School Drive. Evidently, Mrs. Bergmann’s little one is a big fan of philanthropy because she let out a high-pitched squeal as her mother explained the program to us.

The binders, pencils, pens and classroom staples will be donated to three area schools - Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School and Howard Road Academy. Fans can drop off donated supplies at bins located at the Center Field Gates, where volunteers and team wives will be on hand to meet and thank them for their support.

“This is very close to home for us, because we all have small children,” Mrs. Bergmann says. “When kids have what they need for school, it sets a good note for the rest of their education.”

Bunny alert

The Nationals first ladies aren’t the only foxy females spicing things up this weekend. We hear the local nightclub the Shadow Room is hosting a Playboy party tonight. Stephanie Larimore, Miss June 2006, and Shannon James, Miss May 2007, will be the guest hosts at the K Street nightclub, where a disc jockey from Miami is being flown in to help the bunnies boogie down. Our sources at the Shadow Room tell us there’s been lots of interest in this soiree.

We wonder why.

Funny girl

Political humor lovers are in for a couple of treats over the next few days in the District.

Wanda Sykes, the comedian who performed her routine for President Obama and guests during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April, is returning to the city Friday to take the stage at Warner Theatre. HBO will tape the performance, which will air on the cable channel in October.

This will be Miss Sykes’ first trip back to the District since the correspondents dinner, when she ignited a firestorm of criticism with her remarks about Rush Limbaugh: “He just wants the country to fail,” Miss Sykes said at the dinner. “To me, that’s treason. He’s not saying anything different than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. … Rush Limbaugh … I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail - how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”

We wonder what she’ll say this time.

John Oliver of “The Daily Show” will be entertaining fans at the Improv on Tuesday. Mr. Oliver visited the nation’s capital last month, when he spoke with a group of students at a conference organized by Campus Progress, the collegiate group of the liberal public-policy organization Center for American Progress.

We hope these two comics, who are successful beyond the Beltway, bring their A-game. The city’s politically sophisticated audiences tend to be tough critics when it comes to social satire.

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