Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, April 30, organizers announced today.
“Larry’s edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he’s certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don’t expect the nation’s news media to escape unscathed, either,” said Carol Lee, White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “We are thrilled that Larry has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner, which will be the last during the Obama White House.”
This is the first time a Comedy Central late night star has been the featured entertainer since the famous (or infamous) Colbert year, though last year then-Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key made a guest appearance as Obama’s “anger translator.” The dinner’s entertainers of late (since 2010) have come from NBC. Jay Leno hosted for the fourth time in 2010, followed by Seth Meyers. In 2014, Community star Joel McHale was featured entertainer and last year it was SNL’s Cecily Strong. Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien hosted in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
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