Obama's final White House Correspondents' Dinner is quickly approaching, and will be taking place on Saturday, April 30. This year's dinner will be hosted by Nightly Show comedian Larry Wilmore. As usual, the dinner will host a number of celebrities and journalists alike. Here's what we know about the WHCD guest list and what to expect from the big night.
We should expect some comedy, not only from Wilmore, but also from the president himself, who has previously been known to share his sense of humor at these dinners. During last year's dinner, the president even had his own "anger translator" who was played by Keegan-Michael Key, and who translated many of Obama's calmer statements into the anger that he might not always be able to show us himself. Since this is his last White House Correspondents' Dinner, we can expect the president to hold back slightly less than he might normally. Maybe we'll see some primary jokes and some more jabs at Donald Trump over Obama's birth certificate — and, let's face it, at the GOP establishment broadly.
There is definitely going to be a superstar celebrity guest list. Last year's dinner included guests like SNL's Cecily Strong, who hosted, Donald and Ivanka Trump, Idina Mezel, Sophia Bush, Connie Britton, Ashley Judd, Chrissy Teigen, and many others.
This year's guest list should be just as glamorous. We know so far that guests will include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, while Mr. Trump will not be attending this time around (aw, man). Other guests include Will Smith, the stars of Broad City, The View's Candace Cameron Bure, Aretha Franklin, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, NeNe Leakes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Gabrielle Union, Kendall Jenner, Rosario Dawson, Vivica Fox, and many many others. You can check out Politico's updated list here.
And just like last year, as the end of Obama's presidency fast approaches, the one thing we can certainly count on at this year's dinner are some fun political jokes delivered by Mr. President himself. According to Raw Story, Cody Keenan, the leader of a team of Washington speechwriters said, "Other than the State of the Union address, this is probably the speech we start earliest, just because humor is so difficult. It’s also the biggest team working on any speech other than the State of the Union address."
Well, in that case, I am expecting lots of laughs. The White House Correspondents Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 30.