A big part of the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is the featured entertainer, who is tasked with making politicians, celebrities, and the members of the press who cover them laugh equally. On Friday the WHCA revealed its latest choice for the gig, announcing actor and comedian Joel McHale as their pick for the centennial event.
TV audiences know McHale as the sardonic Jeff Winger on Community and the smart-aleck host of E!'s The Soup. The weekly clip show's bread and butter is making fun of other TV shows, so on a night in which Washington media-types get together to poke fun at themselves, McHale should prove to be a great choice.
"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," WHCA President Steven Thomma said in a statement. "Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing."
McHale will have no trouble dishing out the ribbing, as members of the news media ranging from Inside Edition (see above video) to morning talk shows to colorful broadcasters like Fox News' Shepard Smith are often the targets of mockery on The Soup.
Naturally, the 42-year-old cracked a few jokes about getting the gig on his Twitter page, promising that his material will be "equally offensive to all & over within 30 min - just like a Congressional work year." Zing.
The WHCA was founded in February 1914 and will celebrate its centennial at the dinner (which is also commonly referred to by attendees as 'Nerd Prom') on May 3.