Joel McHale to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
February 14th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
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Joel McHale to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

(CNN) - Comedian Joel McHale will be the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the group announced Friday.

McHale is best known as host of E!'s satire show “The Soup” and star of NBC's comedy “Community.”

The dinner, where the President traditionally delivers his own comedic routine, will be held May 3.

The 2013 headliner was late night host Conan O'Brien. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the year before.

"We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial," said Steven Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents Association, which hosts the annual event.

"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."

McHale, also confirmed the news via Twitter, taking a swipe at Washington politics ahead of the event.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    I suspect Sen. Rafael Cruz will be the butt of most of the President's jokes this year.

    February 14, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. bill

    tell em about chelsea clinton -- her father in law-edward mezvinsky-–congressman who helped clinton get what he wanted-spent 5 years in prison for ponzi scheme BUT chelsea and husband just bought a 11.5 million dollar condo in NY. wow.

    February 14, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    bill- Still got nothing, huh? Too bad. Most of us are accepting the fact that republicans can't even meet low or no expectations. By the way, Hannity is going off the deep end.

    February 14, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @bill
    tell em about chelsea clinton - her father in law-edward mezvinsky-–congressman who helped clinton get what he wanted-spent 5 years in prison for ponzi scheme BUT chelsea and husband just bought a 11.5 million dollar condo in NY. wow.
    -––
    10 points awarded to our conspiracy theory of the day. Edward Mezvinksy became a criminal apparently using the Clinton name to scam people. He got caught and went to jail.

    But you notice how "bill" here makes it sound like there is a hidden secret: "tell them about" Very scary!!! He could have just told us straight out like I did, but the missing mystery information is the conspiracy theorist's friend. Maybe he has a secret army. Maybe he knows about Area 51. Maybe he is spying on you right now! In some sick quarters too, Jewish name is probably suspicious.

    February 14, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    How about a joke that we are still paying for unfunded republicans war or trickle down economics? Maybe a joke about republicans wanting people to be uninsured, or poor people starving. That should get the Republican Party of no expectations laughing .

    February 14, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @bill
    tell em about chelsea clinton - her father in law-edward mezvinsky-–congressman who helped clinton get what he wanted-spent 5 years in prison for ponzi scheme BUT chelsea and husband just bought a 11.5 million dollar condo in NY. wow.
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    Yes Bill, a creepy fascination with Chelsea Clinton is really going to shift my ideology on 2014 voting.
    Or this might be going a different way since Mezvinshy is a Jewish name.

    February 14, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Silence DoGood

    @bill
    tell em about chelsea clinton – her father in law-edward mezvinsky-–congressman who helped clinton get what he wanted-spent 5 years in prison for ponzi scheme BUT chelsea and husband just bought a 11.5 million dollar condo in NY. wow.
    -––
    10 points awarded to our conspiracy theory of the day. Edward Mezvinksy became a criminal apparently using the Clinton name to scam people. He got caught and went to jail.

    But you notice how "bill" here makes it sound like there is a hidden secret: "tell them about" Very scary!!! He could have just told us straight out like I did, but the missing mystery information is the conspiracy theorist's friend. Maybe he has a secret army. Maybe he knows about Area 51. Maybe he is spying on you right now! In some sick quarters too, Jewish name is probably suspicious.
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    You forgot the Freemasons and the Illuminati, and the clues on the back of the Declaration. Actually, it was her mother -in-law who was in Congress for one term.

    February 14, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Silence DoGood:

    Yes Bill, a creepy fascination with Chelsea Clinton is really going to shift my ideology on 2014 voting.
    Or this might be going a different way since Mezvinshy is a Jewish name.
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    Uh-oh. There you go using that cynical satire thingy. GOPers don't like for you to be so snappy in your comments. They become all melodramatic and such.

    February 14, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. CryBabies

    Hey, Somebody help me with "Obama Math"...I heard 8 million new jobs created under President Obama. Where do I find this "true and accurate figure"? Tampa Tim, you seem to have a lot to say, help me out.

    February 14, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. tom l

    Dutch,
    Did your mother ever teach you that two wrongs don't make a right? You didn't like it when Obama was referred to as Hussein so why do you think it's ok to do to Ted Cruz?

    February 14, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Lynda/Minnesota
    Silence DoGood:

    Yes Bill, a creepy fascination with Chelsea Clinton is really going to shift my ideology on 2014 voting.
    Or this might be going a different way since Mezvinshy is a Jewish name.
    ----

    Uh-oh. There you go using that cynical satire thingy. GOPers don't like for you to be so snappy in your comments. They become all melodramatic and such.
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    Apologies all around.

    February 14, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. CryBabies

    "Job-Lock" and "passion"....Who votes for a woman who thinks like this?

    February 14, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    tom l
    Dutch,
    Did your mother ever teach you that two wrongs don't make a right? You didn't like it when Obama was referred to as Hussein so why do you think it's ok to do to Ted Cruz?
    -----------------------------------–
    Technically Tom, Cruz' first name is Rafael. Technically, Pres. Obama's middle name is Hussein.

    February 14, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |