For the first time in three years, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, with Daily Show anchor Trevor Noah serving as host.
The WHCD is returning after a two-year hiatus — the 2020 and 2021 meals were postponed due to Covid — and it appears that the event will have the full complement of accompanying celebrations from press organizations, agencies, and media groups, as well as the typical glamorous red carpet.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will attend the dinner, as has been customary since President Donald Trump skipped it during his four years in office.
At the ceremony, Gayle King will present the first Dunnigan-Payne Prize for Lifetime Career Achievement. The prize is named after Alice Dunnigan of the Associated Negro Press and Ethel Payne of the Chicago Defender, the first two African American women to serve on the White House press corps. The pair will be the first to receive the award.
How to View the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2022
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is back in Washington, D.C. for the first time in three years and one administration. This year’s event, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show,” will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. C-SPAN, C-SPAN.org, and the C-SPAN Now App will broadcast the program live and uninterrupted.
The meal, which is hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association, has been a staple of the press corps since its inception in 1914. Presidents have historically attended the event at least once during their term — and this year, Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to do so — but former President Donald Trump was noticeably absent from the meals held in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021.
In 2018, the event created a splash with emcee Michelle Wolf, whose filthy remarks about the Trump administration and others drew both praise and criticism, even from Trump himself, who vowed he would never let a comedian host the dinner again.
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That does not appear to be the case under the Biden administration. In addition to Noah, who recently hosted the Grammy Awards, Variety also disclosed that comedians Billy Eichner and James Corden will appear in pre-recorded skits, with Corden kicking off the evening.
“They shot in the Briefing Room, the Oval Office, and the Navy Mess,” said Bob Bain, a veteran awards show producer who is producing the event for the first time this year. “In front of the White House, James Corden says, ‘All you journalists out there, I know you pass down these corridors every day, seeing all these individuals who make this place tick.’ I’m going to give some of them a break today.'”
Veteran journalists Gayle King, Yamiche Alcindor, and Cecilia Vega are among those anticipated to attend the dinner. Steven Portnoy, a CBS News Radio White House reporter and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, will also speak. Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, Drew Barrymore, and Michael Keaton are expected to attend the event, which will be accompanied by the United States Marine Band.
Joe Biden Chastised Fox News for Its Vaccine Hypocrisy at The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Although Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” is used to dealing with political comedy every night, President Joe Biden gave a surprisingly funny comedy act during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30 in Washington, D.C. Biden made jokes about journalists, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani, and even himself, but his greatest comments were about Fox News.
“I understand there are concerns about whether we should convene here tonight due to COVID,” Biden stated. “Well, we’re here to demonstrate to the rest of the country that we’re surviving the pandemic.” In addition, everyone had to show proof of being completely vaccinated and boosted. So, if you’re at home watching this and are unsure how to proceed, simply contact your favorite Fox News reporter. They’ve all arrived, fully vaccinated and supplemented. “They’re all of them.”
“I’m extremely sorry your favorite candidate lost the last election,” Biden added, referring to Fox News. To make amends, I’m pleased to hand over my chief of staff to you guys so he can tell Sean Hannity what to say on a daily basis.”
“Fun fact: Sean Hannity and Ainsley Earhardt are actually dating now,” Noah said, referring to the network. “I genuinely think it’s great to witness an office romance at Fox that won’t end in a $20 million settlement,” she says, referring to Gretchen Carlson’s settlement with Roger Ailes in 2016. “I’m sure wherever Roger Ailes is right now, he’s gazing up and smiling,” he said at the end of the joke.
The event brought a normal mix of lawmakers, journalists, and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson, who made a buzzy presence. Guests included Drew Barrymore, Martha Stewart, and Michael Keaton, among others.