Could John Oliver Host The White House Correspondents' Dinner? The 'Last Week Tonight' Host Would Make It His Own
Often referred to in jest as "the nerd prom," the White House Correspondents' Dinner is an annual tradition that since 1920 has served as a favorite event for the press to celebrate journalism and for presidents to celebrate themselves. It's true; each year, it seems the president will make a few jabs at his opponents and a few jokes about himself, and a comedian host will cover the rest. In this case, the confirmed host is Comedy Central's hilarious Larry Wilmore of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore — but could John Oliver host the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Hypothetically speaking, he could make an appearance.
After all, Oliver was also a part of the Comedy Central team through his work on The Daily Show. Coincidentally — or not — both John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have hosted the event in 1997 and 2006, respectively. Since that's true, why wouldn't Oliver have a shot at a future appearance? It's fully possible, so long as he is interested in the job, though it's not easy impressing and amusing some of the biggest names in politics and the media. How would someone like Oliver handle all of that pressure?
Easily, actually. He's a professional.
Since Wilmore already promised to skewer Donald Trump during the big event, Oliver might do himself a favor — were he to host the event, or even pay a surprise visit — by reprising his jokes about the infamous wall. It was a theme of last year at the start of the 2016 presidential election cycle, and it is the one that persists even today.
He might mention Donald Trump's apparent attraction to the notion of his own wall on the U.S.' southern border. He could also note that Donald Trump is a persona resistant to satire. Honestly, the man is too much of a near-fictional character for anyone to touch with satirical humor. How is that even possible? Oliver could absolutely make that point like nobody else.
In continuing with the Trump theme, the fact that he has a really solid shot at becoming the president who follows President Obama is definitely material for discussion. It's a horrifyingly tangible discussion, yes — but a discussion, nonetheless. Oliver has covered this before and it isn't difficult to envision him doing it again.
Where else could Oliver take this conversation, in ways unrelated to Trump? Well, naturally, he could talk about international relations, or touch upon relations with our American commonwealth, Puerto Rico. They're in a long-term financial crisis, and Lin-Manuel Miranda recently appealed to Congress on Puerto Rico's behalf. Oliver loved that Miranda offered free tickets to Hamilton in exchange for financial relief legislation.
Perhaps he would dissect each person who has had the audacity to run for president after President Obama. He's a tough act to follow, at the very least in that some have called him a very funny president.
All in all, if John Oliver were hypothetically to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner — or even have a small cameo during the event — he would doubtlessly add to the hilarity of President Obama and Larry Wilmore tenfold. A dedicated fan can only hope.