‘Community’ star to host correspondents' dinner

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Comedian Joel McHale, the star of the NBC sitcom "Community" and E! series "The Soup," will be the entertainer at this spring's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The annual D.C. "nerd prom," which draws Hollywood and Washington celebrities, will be held on May 3.

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“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said Steven Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, in a statement. “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.”

In addition to his television gigs, McHale has had roles in films such as "Spider-Man 2," "The Informant," "Ted" and the upcoming thriller "Beware the Night."

The president and first lady traditionally attend the dinner, and proceeds from ticket sales go to scholarships for aspiring reporters and journalism awards.

Last year, late-night host Conan O'Brien handled hosting duties at the dinner.

In an interview with New York magazine, O'Brien said the gig was "really fun" but said was "very weird" to follow the president when speaking.

"You’ve got to touch on a lot, quickly," O'Brien said. "You want it to be edgy. You want some of the 'oohs' because you actually, you want some of it to be biting, but you also want to pull back and just have the big laughs."