White House Correspondents Dinner Host Wish List: Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Joel McHale
This story first appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
These days, Oscar hosting often is not worth the under-the-microscope trouble. But comedians looking to prove their chops love to emcee the White House Correspondents' Association dinner each spring.
This year, THR hears the group is eyeing several funnymen. Among those being considered are 2011 hosting alum Seth Meyers, who'd be coming off his NBC Late Night debut in February, and Jimmy Fallon, who has not emceed the dinner and takes over The Tonight Show that same month.
Others said to be in the mix include fellow NBCUniversal spitballer Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) and former Daily Show commentator John Oliver, set to launch a politically topical HBO show in the spring. Another option would be Jay Leno, whose Tonight Show hosting duties end in February.
Reps for the performers declined comment, as did the WHCA.