The White House Correspondents Association announced today that Joel McHale, star of Community on NBC and host of The Soup on E!, will be the featured entertainer at this year’s correspondents dinner. In case you’re not aware, this is the night a bunch of politicians make believe they have a sense of humor about what a shitty job they’re doing in Washington.
“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” says Steven Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents Association. “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.”
Indeed. And McHale has already started said ribbing, tweeting out earlier today, “My material will be equally offensive to all & over within 30 min – just like a Congressional work year.” McHale later added, “I hope my wife clears the Secret Service background check. I don’t want to embarrass her, but she has A LOT of priors.”
I can’t think of a better person for the job. McHale follows the likes of Seth Meyers, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as the featured comedian of this masturbatory night of expensive food and fake conversation. You can watch O’Brien’s full performance from last year right here.