Seth Meyers to host White House dinner
December 8th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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Seth Meyers to host White House dinner

(CNN) – Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers is set to take his turn as host of the White House Correspondents Association dinner, the annual Washington event that brings together elite members from the media, government and Hollywood alike.

Meyers, not necessarily known for his standup routine, but still among the most popular cast members on SNL, follows Jay Leno's hosting of the event last year in a performance viewed by media critics as falling flat.

But the dinner, which is usually attended by the president, can make for a tricky venue – comedians are at once expected to be politically topical while observing boundary lines that are far from clear.

In 2008, comedian Wanda Sykes took heat after joking that she hoped radio host Rush Limbaugh's "kidneys fail," adding that the talk radio host needed to be water boarded.

Stephen Colbert, the host in 2006, also was criticized by some for his searing routine that took direct aim at President Bush, who was seated only feet away.

"Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well-known liberal bias," Colbert said in one of many jokes that irked the White House.

Some members of the media may have to miss this year's event however. The dinner is scheduled for April 30, one day after the much-anticipated Royal wedding in England.

The 36 year-old Meyers has been a cast member on SNL since 2001 and now hosts the "Weekend Update" segment.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dina Kim

    When GW was pres, they always had some insult-hurling lib as host to humiliate the President. So, do they invite Limbaugh or Hannity or Beck to host and "roast" the White House? Of course not – they get a big Lib supporter to make light jokes at the White House and preach to the choir. Libs are such hypocrites, they always want balance, except when they are in charge.

    December 8, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. brenda

    He should be a really good host. I love the weekend update, though it was better with him and Amy – especially their "Really with Seth & Amy" bit

    December 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Thomas in Vancouver

    After Leno, Meyers' performance can only be an improvement. Given the brilliant writers he has direct access to (Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Robert Smigel, himself, etc.) it should be a memorable evening indeed.

    December 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. natalia

    I love this guy

    December 8, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Robert - Atlanta

    After last night – you had to think it wouldn’t be Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow!!!

    December 8, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Maynard T. Krebbs

    Perfect choice since the Obama Administration and its zany troop of liberal progressives has been one giant comedy act at middle class Americas expense. What Democrats do not understand is that no matter how much they raise the taxes to on upper income earners it will never be enough because politicians will just spend more. It is like a bunch of crack heads with someone else's credit card that has no limit until ......the end. By the way, what did all those little hidden tax tidbits in the healthcare bill end up doing for middle class American families?

    December 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Holly

    Dina Kim- Limbaugh or Hannity or Beck are jokes, not comedians.

    December 8, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Time for some Hope and Change from these idiots. Invite Dennis Miller to host it!! Now THAT would be GREAT!!!

    December 8, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Barb

    Dina Kim @02:23 pm: Good idea...Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck are the biggest jokes in America. They could get Dennis Miller, but he just isn't funny anymore. A sense of humour requires sunlight to survive and Miller's sense of humour died in the shadow of his own fear.

    December 8, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Cyrus

    Dina Kim....it's obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about. Who is "They"? If you can't figure out that the "White House Correspondence Dinner" has the words "White House" in it, you are also probably too stupid to realize that White House invites the presenters, comedians, etc. That "They" is the White House. GWB's team invited Colbert. There is no conspiracy here. Move on.

    If liberals are hypocrites, then conservatives are amnesiac morons. They seem to forget the last 50 years of screw up caused by their failed ideologies.

    December 8, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Dina, the Bush admin invited those hosts. It's not Dem's fault, they thought Colbert was a rabid conservative. Conservatives are too stupid to realize Colbert isn't in fact a rabid conservative, but an ironic figure to shed light on the hypocrisy that goes on in conservative world. And to the moron with the name that is too long to repeat, Dennis Miller is a rabid conservative. He wouldn't be funny, he would be sad. My guess is, he wouldn't have any material, since everything bad right now can be traced back to republicans. No doubt democrats aren't squeaky clean, but in reference to republican's track records, they have a long way to go, before two wars in two separate country's can be considered irrelevant. I would ignore your comment, if your name weren't so offensive. Your lack of critical thinking has you appearing like another conservative pinhead....... yet another clue as to where the republican party is taking us.

    December 8, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. smee

    Dina, the Bush admin invited those hosts. It's not Dem's fault, they thought Colbert was a rabid conservative. Conservatives are too stupid to realize Colbert isn't in fact a rabid conservative, but an ironic figure to shed light on the hypocrisy that goes on in conservative world. And to the moron with the name that is too long to repeat, Dennis Miller is a rabid conservative. He wouldn't be funny, he would be sad. My guess is, he wouldn't have any material, since everything bad right now can be traced back to republicans. No doubt democrats aren't squeaky clean, but in reference to republican's track records, they have a long way to go, before two wars in two separate country's can be considered irrelevant. I would ignore your comment, if your name weren't so offensive. Your lack of critical thinking has you appearing like another conservative pinhead....... yet another clue as to where the republican party is taking us.

    December 8, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |