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White House Correspondents' Dinner: Burning questions answered

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Saturday night, some of Hollywood’s hottest stars — not to mention members of the press, famous athletes, and major political players — will head to Washington, D.C., for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It will be the eighth and last Correspondents Dinner of Obama’s presidency — so hopefully he won’t pull any punchlines, so to speak.

If you want to tune in and see if the President can top his “anger translator” bit with Keegan-Michael Key (playing his Key and Peele character Luther) from last year, don’t worry! We’ve got all the details about this year’s “nerd prom” below. 

What time is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?

The dinner is held in the ballroom at the Washington Hilton hotel. Red carpet arrivals at the star-studded event begin at 5:30 p.m. ET; the dinner itself doesn’t start until two hours later, at 7:30. You can watch the entire event on C-SPAN, which will begin airing the event at 6:00 p.m. ET, and which will also stream the dinner on c-span.org. CNN’s coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Who is delivering the keynote?

Larry Wilmore will be the last comedian to roast politicians and the political media for President Obama — and in the middle of an especially wacky election year, he’s got a ton to work with.

Who will be there?

Countless celebrities across different platforms show up to the dinner; this year, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Priyanka Chopra, Connie Britton, Morgan Freeman, Candace Cameron Bure, Matthew Morrison, Aretha Franklin, NeNe Leakes, Miles Teller, Kendall Jenner, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Dockery, Illana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Jeff Goldblum, Jaimie Alexander, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, among many others, are all expected to attend. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Tom McCarthy will all be there, along with the Boston Globe journalists that Ruffalo, McAdams, and their Spotlight costars portrayed in the Oscar-winning film.

Not planning to show up? Donald Trump.