The White House Correspondents’ Association announced today that Cecily Strong will be the entertainer at next year’s White House Correspondent’s dinner.
Strong will probably have a leg up on cracking wise on journalists: According to the White House Correspondents’ Association press release, Strong’s father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press Bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse.
“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City,” said WHCA President Christi Parsons, in a statement.
Strong will be the fourth female host of the annual event, following past hosts Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, and Wanda Sykes. The dinner will is set to take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, so it’s probably safe to say that Strong will have the night off at Saturday Night Live.