Another win for Team CoCo: Late night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien will be kicking it with President Obama on April 27 at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
MSN reports that the annual dinner for the White House Correspondents’ Association will feature O’Brien as the central act for the April event.
Association president Ed Henry called Conan O’Brien “one of television’s most innovative and influential talents,” adding, “As social media has changed all aspects of the media business, Conan has embraced this shifting landscape to become a creative force both online as well as in the traditional television model.”
The president, the first lady, government officials and journalists traditionally attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Proceeds from the event go towards scholarships and awards that recognize excellence in journalism.
Last year’s even was headlined by Jimmy Kimmel, another late night show talk host and comedian. Kimmel’s shtick was partially a roast of the president, reports The Huffington Post.
“You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious,” joked Kimmel. “There’s a term for guys like President Obama,” he continued. “Probably not two terms.”
Obama himself used quite a bit of self-deprecating humor in his own speech that night. He also thanked Republicans for “taking time from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws” to attend the dinner, and joked that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “can’t stop drunk texting me from Cartagena.”
O’Brien seems ready for the dinner, tweeting Monday:
In honor of President’s Day, I won’t be getting along with Congress.
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) February 18, 2013
Will you be watching Conan O’Brien at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner? Here’s a clip of Obama’s speech last year: