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Joel McHale Tapped to Host White House Correspondents' Dinner

February 16, 2014, 3:28 pm GMT

The comedian, expected to give 'a little good-natured ribbing,' will oversee the comedic event in May.

Joel McHale

"Community" star Joel McHale is following the footsteps of late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien. The actor has been selected to host White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) dinner this year. "This is very cool," the comedian tweeted of the gig.

McHale will headline the comedic event, which also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the press organization, on May 3. "The website to apply to host it worked perfectly," he joked about how he landed the job.

Of landing McHale as host, WHCA president Steven Thomma said via Twitter, "We're thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial. He's sharp, funny and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing." Thomma added Friday, February 14, "Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing."

Kicked off in 1920, the annual dinner is attended by members of press and usually the President and the Vice President. Over the years, it has become saturated with Hollywood celebrities and become a roast for the President and his administration.

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