(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.