Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore 'doesn't make any sense' Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore 'bad' and 'sad' 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 SebeliusObama cabinet official: Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' John Roberts has tough job of keeping faith in Supreme Court Price was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue 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 ThuneMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Dems push for more money for opioid fight MORE (R-S.D.) noted he has been in Congress since the 1990s, or "John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery 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.