President Barack Obama will now get a proper comedic send-off in the form of Larry Wilmore, as the Nightly Show mastermind has just been announced as the host of next year's White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner. Wilmore has been named the official entertainer for the attended-by-important-people event taking place on April 30, Politico reports. Shortly after the announcement, the likely very busy Wilmore took to Twitter to express how stoked he was about landing the perfect gig for some top-shelf subversion.
"Larry's edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he's certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don't expect the nation's news media to escape unscathed, either," WHCA President Carol Lee tells the Wall Street Journal. "We are thrilled that Larry has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner, which will be the last during the Obama White House." As anyone wisely keeping up with Nightly Show will tell you, Wilmore's been on quite a roll lately with gems like this:
Of course, former presidential candidate Stephen Colbert already set the bar for White House Correspondents' dinners pretty high back in 2006:
We're all counting on you, Larry.