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Trevor Noah Tapped as Entertainer for Correspondents’ Dinner

February 14, 2022 by Dan McCue
Trevor Noah Tapped as Entertainer for Correspondents’ Dinner
Trevor Noah arrives at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

WASHINGTON — Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner celebrates Americans’ freedoms and the working people who bring the news to the world,” said Steven Portnoy of CBS News Radio, president of the association.  

“Trevor is an incredible talent who keeps us laughing — and thinking — four nights a week,” Portnoy added. “We can’t wait for him to help bring our 100-year Washington tradition ‘Back to Abnormal.’”

Noah, whose current comedy tour is entitled “Back to Abnormal,” is also slated to host the 64th Annual Grammy Awards this year. 

This year’s dinner will be the WHCA’s first since 2019 and offer the first opportunity since 2016 for the press and the president to share a few laughs for a good cause.

Proceeds from the event support the association’s year-round work on behalf of the White House press corps as well as scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession. 

Noah has written, produced, and starred in 11 comedy specials. His most recent, “Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia,” received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety Show and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album. 

He also is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which has received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.

 In 2018, he launched The Trevor Noah Foundation, a youth development initiative.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has been nominated for several Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Variety Talk Series in 2021, and received two 2021 NAACP Image Awards. Noah himself won an Emmy for The Daily’s Show’s “Between the Scenes.”

Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency.

Its annual dinner, held for the first time in 1921, is traditionally attended by the president and first lady, as well as senior government officials and other guests of association members.

 The evening’s programming will be produced in association with Bob Bain Productions.

Dan can be reached at dan@thewellnews.com and at https://twitter.com/DanMcCue.

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