SNL Comedian 'Will Turn Up the Heat' at WHCA Dinner

Colin Jost is the headliner at April's roast
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2024 8:30 AM CST
SNL 's Jost to Headline WHCA Dinner
The White House is seen at sunset in Washington on Jan. 26.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Colin Jost, the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live, will get a chance in April to roast leading political and media figures as the featured entertainer at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn up the heat on the national news media and across the political spectrum," said Kelly O'Donnell, president of the White House Correspondents' Association and NBC News' senior White House correspondent, in a statement, per the AP. A writer and comedic performer, Jost has written for the long-running NBC late-night comedy franchise since 2005.

Jost began co-anchoring the show's news parody in 2014 with co-anchor Michael Che. His film credits include Coming 2 America and Tom & Jerry. He's also the author of the memoir A Very Punchable Face. Jost, 41, grew up in the New York City borough of Staten Island and graduated from Harvard University, where he was dorm-mates with current Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Jost is married to actress Scarlett Johansson. The US president and first lady traditionally attend the WHCA dinner, as do senior government officials and members of the press corps, with the proceeds from the night helping to fund scholarships for journalism students. (More White House Correspondents' Association dinner stories.)

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