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Joel McHale to headline 100th White House Correspondents' Dinner

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The Soup goes to Washington!

Community star Joel McHale — who also hosts E!’s weekly pop culture recap show — will headline the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, WHCA President Steven Thomma announced today.

“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said Thomma on Twitter. “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.”

Last year, Conan O’Brien hosted the annual event, which skews both politicians and the media. (The most memorable Correspondents’ performance, however, is probably still Stephen Colbert’s blistering 2006 speech.) This year, the event — broadcast on CSPAN — will take place May 3.

In a likely preview of jokes to come, McHale tweeted, “This is very cool & the website to apply to host it worked perfectly.”