Joel McHale to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Joel McHale is known for his sarcastic commentary on E!'s The Soup, where he satirizes pop culture by making fun of people appearing on reality shows, talk shows and even home shopping programs.
Now the comedian, who also stars in the NBC series Community, has been tapped to offer his take on perhaps the ultimate reality show -- national politics.
The White House Correspondents’ Association announced on Friday that McHale will be the entertainer at the organization’s centennial dinner on May 3 in Washington, D.C. The annual event is traditionally attended by the president and first lady, as well as various senior officials and members of the press corps.
“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said WHCA president Steven Thomma. “He’s sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing.”
McHale will join an impressive list of comedians, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Jay Leno, who have hosted the annual D.C. event, known in Washington circles as the "Nerd Prom."
In recent years, the dinner has become a major televised event, complete with A-list celebrities, live red carpet coverage and spoof videos, produced by Steven Spielberg and others.
Last year, host Conan O'Brien grabbed headlines by skewering the media. "As I look around the room and see all the media here tonight, I realize this is just one big high school cafeteria," O'Brien told the crowd. "That's all it is. Think about it. Fox is the jocks, MSNBC is the nerds, bloggers are the goths, NPR is the table for kids with peanut allergies. Al Jazeera is the weird foreign exchange student nobody talks to."
Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the White House Correspondents' Association "works to maintain independent news media coverage of the president, advocating for access, handling logistics for pools of reporters who stay close to the president and those who travel with him, and providing scholarships to journalism students."