Joel McHale Tapped to Host 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Joel McHale attends an event on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood
Joel McHale has been tapped to host the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Looks like they're serving Soup at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. The Soup host Joel McHale has been tapped to headline the star-studded annual event in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 3, a rep for the White House Correspondents' Association announced Friday, Feb. 14.

"We're thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial," WHCA president Steven Thomma said. "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."

McHale, 42, is certainly up to the task. The Community star even tried out a few jokes on Twitter after the news was announced. "My material will be equally offensive to all & over within 30 min — just like a Congressional work year," he quipped.

He also joked about his date for the evening, wife Sarah Williams, whom he married in 1996. "I hope my wife clears the Secret Service background check," he wrote. "I don't want to embarrass her, but she has A LOT of priors."

The White House Correspondents' Dinner, known among Hollywood and Washington insiders as "nerd prom," is a yearly event traditionally attended by the President and First Lady, as well as other government officials, members of the press, and celebrity guests. Proceeds go toward scholarships for aspiring reporters.

Last year's dinner was hosted by Conan O'Brien, with stars including Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Vergara, and Amy Poehler among the guests. Previous hosts include Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, and Drew Carey.

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