In a piece of news that will be welcome to ‘Community’ fans, if for no other reason that it raises the comedic cult show’s profile, Josh McHale will host this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
It’s an event that over the last many years has become more celebrity-centric and self congratulatory, as well as popular. McHale will emcee an evening in which he will not only need to make fun of Democrats, Republicans, and the media over 15 to 20 minutes, but also lead into the speech (and bit) by President Obama, who has, regardless of one’s politics, been pretty good at cracking wise, just like his predecessor, George W. Bush.
McHale, who has starred on NBC’s ‘Community’ for what is now five seasons, has hosting experience too, triumphing on E!’s ‘The Soup,’ a show that lampooned reality television among other small screen fare for the last nine years.
The Correspondents’ Association will celebrate its 100th year, as McHale will follow in the shoes of other hosts such as Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Jay Leno. McHale is noted for his sarcasm and quick wit, and will have to skirt the line walked by many others who have tried to amuse while trying to push the envelope on the evening and not simply bowing to power.
Stephen Colbert most notably bothers some staff while cracking wise at the Presidency of George W. Bush, while Meyers famously made a joke about Osama bin Laden, who a day later, it was revealed had been secretly assassinated on a raid President Obama ordered on Friday.
The WHCA Dinner will air on C-SPAN on Saturday, May 3.