Comedic actor Joel McHale has been chosen to be the featured performer at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, which is attended by the likes of famous celebrities, members of the media, and of course, the president of the United States, the association said on Friday.
Joel McHale is currently the star of the NBC television comedy “Community” and the host of E! network’s “The Soup.”
On NBC’s “Community” he plays the snarky Jeff Winger, a student at the fictional Greendale Community College. The sitcom has a cult following, although viewership has been on the decline as of late.
While the comedian has given us plenty of laughs with his jokes about washed up celebrities on “The Soup,” he typically strays away from politics, giving him bipartisan appeal. The White House can most likely expect a slew of material that goes past the G-rating.
“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,” WHCA President and McClatchy Co political editor Steven Thomma said in a statement.
“Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing,” he added.
This year the dinner will take place on May 3, and is sure to be filled with plenty of laughs.
In a Twitter post after the announcement was made, Joel McHale said: “My material will be equally offensive to all & over within 30 min – just like a Congressional work year.”
Past peformers at the dinner include Steven Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Seth Myers, Jay Leno, Cedric the Entertainer, and Wanda Sykes.