Cecily Strong to Host White House Correspondents' Dinner
The 'Saturday Night Live' star will be the fourth female entertainer to host the annual event
Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong will host the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner, it was announced Wednesday.
"Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago's comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City," White House Correspondents' Association resident Christi Parsons said in a statement.
Strong's father served as Associated Press bureau chief in the Illinois statehouse.
Strong is just the latest SNL star to host the dinner, following in the footsteps of Seth Meyers, Darrell Hammond and others from the long-running sketch comedy series. She's also the fourth woman to host the dinner, with Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone and Elayne Boosler having previously served as emcees at the DC event.
Strong is in the midst of her third season on SNL, serving as "Weekend Update" co-host last year. Michael Che has replaced her as "Update" co-host this season, but Strong later said she didn't see this as a demotion.
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"I don't see this as me leaving Update, just as me being on Update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at," Strong wrote on Instagram.
Among the characters she's become known for in her time at SNL are The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party and a porn star turned aspiring pitchwoman, alongside Vanessa Bayer, with a tendency to mispronounce the names of luxury brands like Bvlgari, Hermes and Swarovski.
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Other past White House Correspondents' Dinner hosts include Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and Joel McHale, who emceed last year's event.
The 2015 dinner is set for April 25.