Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBernie Sanders to Trump: Firing Mueller 'an impeachable offense' Overnight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ann Compton were the big winners at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner.

Flake easily outperformed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) in the yearly faceoff of speakers. The freshman senator cracked some good jokes on Mormonism, his No. 1 ranking on The Hill's 2013 "Most Beautiful" list and Carlos Danger — a.k.a. Anthony Weiner.

Edwards, meanwhile, started strong with a video spoof of the ABC show "Scandal." After that, it got a bit awkward as punchlines on spelling bees and Benghazi fell way short. We'd elaborate, but as they say, if you don't have anything nice to say, Tweet it. 

Compton received a well-deserved standing ovation as she received the Washington Press Club Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her award-winner career, spent almost exclusively at ABC News, spanned seven presidents.

CNN's Brianna Keilar, the evening's master of ceremonies, shined. She poked fun at HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusPro-dependency advocates miss the mark in attacking Kansas welfare reform Pence breaks tie to confirm Trump's pick for religious ambassador The House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology MORE, but her best material focused on Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who recently threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony.

She noted that Grimm, a former FBI official, offered to work security for Wednesday night's festivities. Keilar warned, however, against asking Grimm "follow-up questions."

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP chairman calls on Zuckerberg to testify GOP pushes to change Senate rules for Trump With shutdown nearing, focus turns to Rand Paul MORE (R-S.D.) noted he has been in Congress since the 1990s, or "John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House MORE's light orange years." He also gave Flake grief over being on The Hill's "Most Beautiful" List. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also attracted laughs in a brief speech. She chided CNN, MSNBC, USA Today and even ObamaCare (!). But her best line was directed at Vice President Biden.

She said one of the things she misses most about being Speaker is sitting next to Biden at the State of the Union address, where for an entire hour, he doesn't say one word.