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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

This just in...: Seth Meyers to host White House Correspondent's Association dinner

By The Reliable Source

Seth Meyers (AP/Jason DeCrow)

It's official: Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" will do the professional-comic duties at the next White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 30.

Yes, it's that time of year already: Time for local press corps to begin the drumbeat of anticipation for their big annual gala, a mere four-and-a-half months away. The choice of entertainer is always a big deal: Who'll have the grand opportunity to be upstaged by the president of the United States... and then have their comic skills analyzed by Beltway journalists who've been drinking for five hours? The choices have been closely watched and debated ever since Stephen Colbert's surprisingly scathing 2006 routine, viewed as a slam on President Bush.


2010: Jay Leno. Just after the Conan-bumping debacle. Seemed weary, flat. Kept his eyes on the notecards.

2009: Wanda Sykes. Salty! And timely: "The first black president! [pause] That's until you screw up. And then it's going to be, 'What's up with the half-white guy?'"

2008: Craig Ferguson. Charming. A muddy sound system did no favors to his thick Scottish burr.

2007: Rich Little. The year they needed an uncontroversial antidote to the Colbert performance. Trotted out his impressions of Andy Rooney, Johnny Carson; jokes about Viagra, Smurfs.

Meyers, 36, is a 10-year veteran of SNL, currently the late-night show's head writer and host of its "Weekend Update." Said David Jackson, a USA Today correspondent and president of the WHCA, "Seth is a very smart, very sharp, and very funny observer of the political scene, and we're looking forward to seeing him on April 30."

UPDATED at 3:45 p.m.

By The Reliable Source  | December 8, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
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