Birthday Boy a No-Show at Own Party

Saturday night was the joint birthday party for Karl Frisch and Eric Burns at the Argonaut. Frisch and Burns, formerly of Media Matters for America and currently of Bullfight Strategies, sent out invitations telling us that the party started at 8:30 p.m. Naturally we showed up at 9:45 p.m. After we said Happy Birthday to Frisch, we wandered around the bar looking for Burns. We were looking for the best head of hair in the building, and sadly didn’t see him. Frisch told us that Burns “should be here shortly.” We waited and mingled with the likes of Ben Fishel, who spilled the beans about his former Weiner of a boss last week, and other friends of Burns and Frisch. As the party approached 11 p.m., there was still no sign of Burns. Calls weren’t returned. Texts went unanswered. So, we did what any caring party-goer would do. We hailed a cab and went home.

We reached Burns this morning to hear his excuse. He tells FishbowlDC that as he was getting ready for the party, he began “feeling dizzy.” When he tried walking out the door, he lost consciousness and toppled headfirst to floor. His wife insisted on going to the hospital, but Burns refused. We asked the most obvious question…  “Were you drunk?” Burns promises he wasn’t, but wishes he was.

He chose to indulge in another way. He tells us, “I did eat many of the 300 cupcakes that were supposed to go to the party while sporting an ice pack. Didn’t get drunk- but I did get a nice sugar high.” At least he had an eventful 39th birthday party. Can’t wait to see how he tops it next year for the big 4-0. But, for now, his biggest gift is a giant knot on his head. We can only pray that it doesn’t screw up his amazing hair.