'The Daily Show' comedian Hasan Minhaj to host White House Correspondents' Dinner
UPI News Service, 04/11/2017
Daily Show correspondant and comedian Hasan Minhaj will host the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason announced Tuesday Minhaj will host the annual event to celebrate the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.
"I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner," Mason said. "Hasan's smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media."
Minhaj will be performing for a group consisting of press corps, celebrities and White House staff, as President Donald Trump announced in February that he will not attend the dinner in Washington D.C. on April 29.
Minahj expressed his honor to be chosen to host the event while also poking fun at the format of Trump's tweets when discussing the fact the president will not be in attendance.
"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD!" Minahj said. "Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press."
Mason said Minahj's experience with "fake news" on The Daily Show would help him provide an important perspective, outside of making joke's at Trump's expense in his absence.
"It's a different dinner. President Trump has said that he will not be coming, but we will still be celebrating the First Amendment and the importance of a free press," Mason said. "I was looking for somebody who is funny and who is entertaining because I want the dinner to be entertaining."
Minahj previously spoke at the 2016 Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner.
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