Closing Session with Samantha Bee

Saturday, February 29
12:00 PM–1:00 PM*

Music City Center Grand Ballroom

Samantha BeeWrap up the PLA 2020 Conference with one of the most unique and sharp comedic voices on television, Samantha Bee, star of the late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs.

Bee was a part of the "Best F#@king News Team" on Comedy Central's The Daily Show from 2003 to 2015, making her the show’s longest-serving regular correspondent. Bee hosted the wildly successful “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” on April 29, 2017 (the evening of the traditional White House Correspondents Dinner), which received an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Variety Special.”

Critics have appreciated Bee's "fiery and fierce" delivery (The New York Times) and embraced Full Frontal with Samantha Bee as a "daring, innovative addition to the late-night slate" (Entertainment Weekly). Bee and her late-night show have earned nominations for “Individual Achievement in Comedy” and “Outstanding News and Information” from the Television Critics Association, and three Primetime Emmy nominations.

Bee has starred opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy film Sisters, and alongside Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley in Learning to Drive. In 2017, Bee and her husband Jason Jones also co-created the comedy series, The Detour. In 2010, Simon and Schuster published Bee's collection of personal essays, titled I Know I Am, But What Are You?, and she is currently writing a middle-grade novel for Farrar Straus Giroux.

Event moderated by Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. Modarressy-Tehrani is an Emmy Award-nominated television correspondent and news producer living in New York City. For the last decade, she has traveled around the world as a journalist covering the gamut of politics to entertainment, and working across a variety of mediums including live television, documentary, and print.


PLA thanks T-Mobile for Government for its exclusive support of this event.

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*Many factors can cause an event to be delayed or run longer than expected, so you should plan accordingly and allow additional travel time if you’re booking flights immediately following the Closing Session. We appreciate your patience and understanding and will work hard to ensure the Closing Session runs as closely to the schedule as possible.

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