The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has officially booked their guest performer for 2018, and after hearing the news we’re not exactly confident that President Donald Trump is going to be turning in an appearance.
The performer this year is none other than The Daily Show’s own Michelle Wolf, who has skewered the President and the Administration on a number of different occasions already. This is the second year in which the Comedy Central series has produced a White House Correspondents’ Dinner host, as Hasan Minhaj took on the job last year. Interestingly enough, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has not actually hosted the dinner himself as of late.
This booking should make for a fun and topical show, though with that being said it feels as though the odds of Trump actually attending this are pretty darn low. He doesn’t like to be in a place where he can be ridiculed and the WHCD is a place in which that happens frequently. It was a tradition for the sitting President to attend for decades, but that is something that Trump has certainly balked at as of late.
In a statement White House Correspondents’ Association President Margaret Talev had the following to say:
“I’m delighted to announce ‘Nice Lady’ Michelle Wolf as our featured entertainer this year … Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.”
The appeal of Michelle Wolf is that you are getting on board someone who is different than your typical comic and also someone who has a very interesting perspective. It’s reminiscent of when the Dinner brought in Cecily Strong of Saturday Night Live, who had connections to journalism through her family and understood the responsibility more than most.
Some other past hosts of the Dinner include Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore, and of course Seth Meyers, whose jokes at the expense of Trump are viewed by some as a motivating factor for his decision to run. (To call it anywhere close to the sole reason, though, feels incredibly ridiculous.)
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