On Saturday evening, one of the more festive annual traditions for the political world in D.C. will take place. And though the event used to mark an occasion for politicians and reporters to hear speeches from White House Correspondents' Dinner hosts, the event this year will be starkly different for a number of reasons. Maybe the biggest factor is that the host will not be a comedian — and given how many memorable WHCD hosts there have been in the past, it's pretty inevitable that comparisons will be drawn.
For decades, the WHCD has been known as a signature occasion in which high-profile politicians endure roasts and jabs from well-known comedians. Presidents like George W. Bush and Barack Obama have sat through playful and occasionally not-so-playful jokes about their presidencies. Meanwhile, comedians like Stephen Colbert and Wanda Sykes have held no punches during their routines. And while it seems likely that this year's WHCD will contain far fewer jokes than it has in years past, it will be flat-out impossible for people to forget the humor-filled history of the event.
Since the WHCD host this year doesn't have a background in comedy, it's worth taking a look at some of the memorable hosts that have run the show over the years: