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Larry Wilmore, the current host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, will keep it 100 at the White House next year.
Wilmore has been chosen for the coveted role as host of the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. He shared the news on his official Twitter profile on Wednesday.
I'm beyond excited for this!
Larry Wilmore to host White House Correspondents’ dinner https://t.co/d0YB7VkUEH
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) December 16, 2015
The Nightly Show host is the first Comedy Central late-night talk show personality chosen for the White House Correspondents’ dinner since Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) grilled President George W. Bush in 2006.
Wilmore has been on TV and in multiple TV roles behind the scenes for decades. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2002 for The Bernie Mac Show, and he was a co-producer for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Wilmore was a consulting producer and writer for NBC’s Emmy-winning hit series The Office. Before starring in his own show on Comedy Central, Wilmore was the long-time “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show.
On The Nightly Show, Wilmore quips and dissects current events and race relations. His panels are diverse and showcase both famous and up-and-coming comedians. At many of his show’s panels, he asks guests to “keep it 100,” and if he thinks their answers aren’t interesting or funny, he gives them “weak tea” (in the form of tea bags).
On The Nightly Show, Wilmore has interviewed current presidential candidates from both parties, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Rand Paul. Other guests on his show have included ABC hit showrunner Shonda Rhimes, scientists Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Joaquín Castro, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
At next year’s event, Wilmore will get to roast Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, something he’s familiar with due to his experience on The Daily Show and The Nightly Show. However, this time, he’ll be in the same room and face-to-face with all those pundits and news anchors.
As the recently-announced White House Correspondents’ dinner host, Wilmore joins a group of esteemed comedians and television personalities. Comedians who have hosted the event during the Obama administration include Saturday Night Live stars Cecily Strong and Seth Meyers, Community star Joel McHale, comedian Wanda Sykes, and late-night talk show hosts Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien.
The final White House Correspondents’ dinner of the Obama administration is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, on C-SPAN.