- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2014

Joel McHale, star of the NBC series “Community,” will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, joining the long list of comedians and entertainers who have poked fun at the president and the news media at the annual event.

Mr. McHale also hosts E!’s “The Soup,” a weekly program recapping pop culture happenings and other current events.

“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,” said Steven Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, founded in 1914 and celebrating its centennial this year.

“Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing,” Mr. Thomma added.

The dinner will be held May 3 in Washington.

Mr. McHale will follow in the footsteps of other leading comics who have headlined the event in recent years, including Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Myers, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno and others.