Both People and Entertainment Weekly report that the late-night talk show host will provide the main entertainment — e.g. attempt to make Washington insiders and Hollywood celebrities laugh after the president has already done so — at the next dinner, to be held April 28, 2012.
“I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner,” Kimmel said in a statement. “I love dinner.”
Kimmel has a tough act to follow. Earlier this year, Seth Meyers killed at the 2010 event by making then-timely jokes about Donald Trump (which Mr. Trump did not seem to appreciate, thereby making said jokes funnier) and comparing President Obama to Louis Gosset Sr.
Previous emcees at the dinner — which provides an annual excuse for very attractive movie stars from L.A. to hobnob with Capitol Hill types who pretend they aren’t gawking at them — have included Jay Leno (2010), Wanda Sykes (2009), Craig Ferguson (2008), Rich Little (2007) and the famously controversial Stephen Colbert (2006).