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Joel McHale is hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Expect plenty of snark.

Comedian Joel McHale hosts the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Comedian Joel McHale hosts the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“Welcome to ‘Meet the Press,’ but with a lot more profanity and d— jokes,” Joel McHale told a studio audience before Wednesday’s taping of E!’s “The Soup” in D.C.

After nearly 10 years of roasting celebrities, reality television and daytime talk shows on the weekly clip show, McHale will skewer an equally snarked-upon segment of society on Saturday: political Washington.

“The Soup” was in town this week because McHale’s hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Though this week’s “Soup” didn’t turn political, it did feature NBC’s Chuck Todd and CNN’s Jake Tapper, as well as D.C.-themed backdrops.

Considering that McHale isn’t a political comic, he’s not the most obvious choice of host, but he has the potential to be a great one.

McHale is an equal opportunity offender. Though his usual targets are tabloid fixtures, I’m confident he can apply his insult-generating powers to the political and media elite.

The last four WHCD hosts — Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Jay Leno — were all well-versed in political humor. The closest McHale gets to mocking politics on “The Soup” is playing off a cable news clip, or riffing on one of Anthony Weiner’s many scandals. But according to “Soup” executive producer K.P. Anderson, “Joel is actually the one who will come in with a big stick up his ass about something going on in the news a lot more often than I will.”

After the taping, I got to see McHale’s quick wit in action. While Anderson and I were talking, McHale walked by. Anderson mentioned I was from The Washington Post, to which McHale replied, “What’s that? That’s an Amazon supplement right?” Don’t be surprised if he tells that one on Saturday, too.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.



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