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Joel McHale to headline White House correspondents' dinner

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Joel McHale, the comedic actor and satirist of pop culture, will headline the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May.

“We're thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said WHCA President Steven Thomma. “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 is the star of NBC’s “Community” and E!’s “Talk Soup.” He’s also appeared in recent movies, such as “Ted.”

Conan O’Brien hosted the annual event last year, and Jimmy Kimmel, another late-night host, did so in 2012.

Dubbed Washington's version of the Oscars, the event was designed to honor the work of the White House press corps. In recent years, however, the gala has become too focused on celebrities, critics say.

But the event still collides with real-world events.

Perhaps most famously, President Obama spoke at the dinner in 2011 while plans were in the works to take out terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

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