The White House Correspondent’s dinner this year will contain not one but two comedians, after the organizers last year scrapped the comic piece in the aftermath of the controversial set of comedian Michelle Wolf.
On Tuesday, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced that ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Kenan Thompson would play a new role during dinner, that of the ‘host’.
Then Hasan Minhaj appears, who shows’ Patriot Act ‘in the Netflix and who led the White House Correspondents’ dinner in 2017, as official entertainment.
Kenan Thompson (left) is organizing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year, while Hasan Minhaj (right) is returning as entertainment
Michelle Wolf’s over-the-top removal of the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had White House organizers correspondents’ Dinner with the comic piece
Comedian Michelle Wolf went after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (photo) while sitting a few meters away
In 2019, historian Ron Chernow spoke at the end of the dinner instead of a comedy
Donald Trump (left) refused to appear as president at dinner, but he had come as a private person. He and now First Lady Melania Trump (right) attended the dinner in 2015
Stephen Colbert (right), then the host of ‘The Colbert Report’ from Comedy Central, roasted President George W. Bush (center) during the dinner in 2006
Historically, the President of the United States prepared a comedy for dinner.
He would then be followed by a real comedian.
In the past there was a tradition of biting comedy, from the roasted Stephen Colbert of President George W. Bush in 2006 to Wanda Sykes who made cracks in water boards in 2009, which heralded the Obama years.
But the dynamics have changed with President Trump because he refuses to attend the dinner, organized by the Correspondent Association of the White House, whose membership consists of the White House and political journalists.
In 2017, dinner went smoothly with Minhaj as headliner, although it did not attract the frenzy of Hollywood stars that the so-called “Nerd Prom” did during the Obama years.
In 2018, Trump admitted a number of board officials, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was on stage with WHCA’s leadership.
It was those optics that seemed to make Wolf’s jokes about Huckabee Sanders particularly rude.
With Huckabee Sanders just a few meters away, Wolf said: “Every time Sarah enters the stage, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get. You know, a press briefing, a set of lies or divided into softball teams: “They are shirts and skins and this time not such a small b ****, Jim Acosta!”
“I really love Sarah. I find her very resourceful. As if she burns facts and then uses that ashes to create perfect smoky eyes, “Wolf continued. “As if she was born with it, maybe it’s lies.”
“They are probably lies,” said the comedian.
President Obama (right) had Keegan-Michael Key (left) appear next to him during the dinner in 2015 to play the role of his ‘Anger Translator’
Celebrities used to flock to dinner. Kim Kardashian (left) is right here with Chrissy Teigen (right) in the 2012 affair
Businessman Donald Trump can be seen at the dinner in 2011. That year, President Obama and comedian Seth Meyers joked about Trump from the podium
Katie Couric (left) poses with Jenna Dewan (center) and Chrissy Teigen (right) during the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Wolf also compared the press secretary with the threatening “Aunt Lydia” character on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
“And I never really know what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it cousin Huckabee, is it Aunt Huckabee Sanders? “Wolf said. “Like, what is Uncle Tom, except for white women who disappoint other white women?”
“Oh, I know, Ann Coulter,” Wolf said, naming the conservative expert with a sharp tongue.
Wolf’s bit got mixed reactions in the Washington Hilton ballroom and snowed a complete controversy outside.
The following year, the then correspondent of the White House Correspondents’ Association and chief Washington correspondent for Sirius XM Olivier Knox decided not to have a comedian and historian Ron Chernow instead commented at the end of the dinner.
But the White House president, Correspondent Jonathan Karl this year, wanted the comedians back.
“Kenan and Hasan are two of the most engaged and engaging artists in America. I am very happy that they will help us to celebrate the role of a free press in our democracy, “Karl said in a statement on Tuesday. “We look forward to a lively evening in honor of the most important political journalism of the past year.”
The dinner provides a flashy background for giving WHCA scholarships to journalism students from all over the country.
This year’s dinner will take place on 25 April.