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Comedy Central Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore will be main stage for next year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner, the organization announced Wednesday.
The media dinner, usually attended by the president and first lady, will take place April 30, 2016.
“Larry’s edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he’s certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don’t expect the nation’s news media to escape unscathed, either,” Carol Lee, White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and president of the association, said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Larry has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner, which will be the last during the Obama White House.”
Previous hosts/entertainers through the years include Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and Ray Charles.
Most recently, the event was hosted by The Soup‘s Joel McHale in 2014 and SNL‘s Cecily Strong this year.
Wilmore, who began hosting his own show after Stephen Colbert departed the network to take the reins for David Letterman in late night, is thrilled to be a part of the event, he said over Twitter.
I’m beyond excited for this! Larry Wilmore to host White House Correspondents’ dinner https://t.co/d0YB7VkUEH
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) December 16, 2015
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