The White House Correspondents’ Association doubles the popularity of The Daily Show.
Roy Wood Jr., a correspondent for Comedy Central’s satirical news program, will perform at the WHCA dinner in April as the event’s main entertainer, the organization announced on Thursday.
The New York City-born comedian follows former Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who performed at last year’s fundraising dinner in support of journalists covering the White House.
“It is an honor to be part of a long-running tradition of celebrating those members of the media who work so hard to expose the truth and hold our government accountable,” Wood said in a statement. “It’s going to be a great night that will go down in the history books, or not, depending on what state you live in.”
Wood, who joined “The Daily Show” in 2015, portrays a reporter on the popular series and is the son of veteran TV and radio journalist, Roy Wood Sr.
“Roy Wood Jr. gives his comedy a journalistic look,” Tamara Keith, president of the WHCA, said in a statement. “He’s hilarious – but also makes his audience think while they laugh.”
The dinner will take place on April 29. Noah headlined the event’s return after two years of cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Biden attended the 2022 dinner, which had more than 2,500 in attendance.
“I am very excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than me,” Biden joked at the time.
Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Wanda Sykes, Aretha Franklin and Bob Hope are among the event’s past performers. At the 2018 dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf drew attention for her critical comments about the Trump administration.
With News Wire Services