WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's one of the biggest nights in the nation's capital - DC's version of the Academy Awards.
I'm talking about the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a tradition that dates back to the 1920's. It's also a tradition that the president attends the dinner and makes jokes, often at his own expense.
With a new and popular president now in the White House, there's more attention than usual on tonight's dinner.
One big question: Will Barack Obama be funny? We don't often see the comedic side of this president.
We got a taste, or a preview, last October, when then-presidential candidate Obama teamed up with his rival, Sen. John McCain, at the annual Al Smith charity dinner in New York City.
"Who is Barack Obama?" said the then-senator from Illinois. "Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor El to save the planet Earth."
Obama also made fun of his middle name, Hussein, saying "I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for President."
But an unscripted attempt at humor put President Obama in some hot water.
In March, Obama went on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," becoming the first sitting president to be a guest on the late night talk shows.
Obama, making fun of his skills as a bowler, said "I bowled a 129."
He went on to make a comparison to his bowling, saying "It's like, it was like Special Olympics, or something."
Those comments created a minor controversy at the time, and the president called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize.
But unlike those off-the-cuff comments, tonight's speech by Obama will be scripted.
Will it be funny? We'll find out later tonight.