Trevor Noah of The Daily Show was the main performer at the first White House Correspondents Association Dinner conducted since 2019 — and the first to be attended by a sitting president since 2016.
Due to the epidemic, the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual gala, which airs on C-SPAN and is hosted in the Washington Hilton Ballroom, has been canceled in 2020 and 2021. The most recent event, held in April 2019, substituted a keynote speech by historian and novelist Ron Chernow for the regular humorous entertainment.
Michelle Wolf, a Daily Show alumni who drew criticism in 2018 for some digs at then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who represented President Donald Trump at the head table, was the most recent comedian to perform at what is known in D.C. as the “Nerd Prom.” (Trump was missing for the second year in a row, for unknown reasons.)
Hasan Minhaj, Larry Wilmore, Cecily Strong, Joel McHale, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Jay Leno, and Wanda Sykes, to mention a few, have all performed in previous years.