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Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the 2014 Gridiron Dinner -- a long-running event organized by top journalists that often features politicians telling jokes and journalists performing in humorous skits.

Gridiron Club president Clark Hoyt announced Kerry's appearance in an e-mail Wednesday.

"I'm excited to announce that Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the 2014 Gridiron Spring Dinner, representing the Obama Administration," Hoyt wrote. "This represents a return to the Gridiron podium for the secretary of state. As a senator from Massachusetts, he was the Democratic speaker in 1999."

Kerry's appearance means President Obama, who told some jokes at the 2013 dinner, won't be appearing. (For Obama's remarks at the gathering, click here.)

The Democratic speaker this year will be former Republican Florida governor (and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Charlie Crist. On the GOP side, it will be Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.).

The news of Kerry's speech was first reported by Politico.

Kerry has been an increasing sight in recent days, launching a Twitter account and signing up to drop the puck at a Washington Capitals game.