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Colin Jost Is Set to Host the 2024 White House Correspondents' Dinner
“His sharp insights perfectly meet this remarkable time of divided politics," said Kelly O’Donnell, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
The SNL cast member and "Very Punchable Face" author will host the 2024 White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27 in Washington, D.C., the organization announced. The annual dinner, also lovingly referred to as "Nerd Prom," has a high-profile guest list consisting of journalists, celebrities, and usually, the President of the United States and First Lady.
“Colin Jost knows how to make Saturday nights funny, and I am thrilled Colin will be live from the nation’s capital as the headline entertainer for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” said Kelly O’Donnell, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and NBC News Senior White House Correspondent, in a statement.
SNL's Colin Jost is the 2024 White House Correspondents' Dinner host
“His sharp insights perfectly meet this remarkable time of divided politics, and a presidential campaign careening toward a rematch. His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn up the heat on the national news media and across the political spectrum," O'Donnell continued. "A night of laughs and reflections as our dinner honors freedom of the press as a cornerstone of American democracy. I am beyond excited to welcome one of NBC’s brightest stars to one of Washington’s greatest traditions.”
The White House Correspondents' Dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned the next year with host Trevor Noah. Roy Wood Jr. took the reins in 2023. And Seth Meyers, former "Weekend Update" anchor and one of SNL's longest-running cast members, hosted the White House Correspondents' Dinner back in 2011.
Maybe Jost will run into his former dormmate Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who Jost impersonated on SNL in 2019.
"It was a very surreal experience..." Jost told Buttigieg when he was a guest on the secretary's podcast, The Deciding Decade, back in 2020. "First of all, I never do any impressions as you can tell from my impression, but it felt very personal in terms of choosing even lines to say or working on some of the scripts because I wanted to do right by you."
We have a feeling Jost will be making his own headlines when he hosts the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27.