Host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, Trevor Noah, is set to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30. Noah will be the first comedian to headline the annual event since Michelle Wolf’s somewhat controversial stand-up routine in 2018.
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner celebrates Americans’ freedoms and the working people who bring the news to the world,” said Steven Portnoy, CBS News Radio’s White House correspondent, in a statement.
Portnoy is also the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “Trevor is an incredibly talent who keeps up laughing – and thinking – four nights a week. We can’t wait for him to help bring our 100-year Washington tradition ‘Back to Abnormal,’” Portnoy continued, making a reference to Noah’s ongoing comedy tour.
The announcement of Noah as the featured entertainer for the dinner does represent some return to normalcy for the highly anticipated gathering consisting of Washington journalists, politicians, and other members of elite society.
But following Wolf’s 2018 performance, during which she ripped on Trump administration officials like former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, some attendees found the event to be too polarizing.
In response, the WHCA chose presidential biographer Ron Chernow to speak at the dinner the next year. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 in relation to coronavirus concerns.
The White House has not responded to questions of whether President Joe Biden will attend this year’s dinner. Former President Donald Trump declined to participate in the event throughout his time in office.
Noah’s autobiography – “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – was one of the two pieces that were required as reading for an introductory English course taught by first lady Jill Biden last year.
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