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Joel McHale to headline 100th White House Correspondents' Dinner

The Soup goes to Washington!

Community star Joel McHale — who also hosts E!’s weekly pop culture recap show — will headline the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, WHCA President Steven Thomma announced today.

“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said Thomma on Twitter. “He’s sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing.”

Last year, Conan O’Brien hosted the annual event, which skews both politicians and the media. (The most memorable Correspondents’ performance, however, is probably still Stephen Colbert’s blistering 2006 speech.) This year, the event — broadcast on CSPAN — will take place May 3.

In a likely preview of jokes to come, McHale tweeted, “This is very cool & the website to apply to host it worked perfectly.”

Conan O'Brien hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner -- VIDEO

Conan O’Brien will host this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, the annual event where politicians, celebrities, and journalists gather in a giant room and awkwardly laugh at one another. “Conan is one of televisions most innovative and influential talents, and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s featured act,” said White House Correspondents Association president Ed Henry in a statement.

The annual event is important for two reasons: It raises money for scholarships and, in the past years, has increasingly become a crucible for hot-blooded comic and political moments. In 2011, President Obama called out Donald Trump, to much chuckling. In 2006, Stephen Colbert called out President Bush, to much cringing and slack-jawed amazement.

This year’s dinner will be held on April 27, and broadcast, as always, by C-SPAN. No word about a possible appearance from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. O’Brien last appeared at the dinner in 1995, when he called Judge Ito “the most powerful man in the country” and made jokes about his virginity. (Oh, the ’90s.)

Check out a piece of O’Brien’s appearance after the jump:

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