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‘SNL’ Cast Member Lands Hosting Gig for 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner — A Rare Choice of a Woman for the Job

Nov 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An actress and comedian who is a regular on NBC’s late-night sketch show “Saturday Night Live” will be the host of the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. E! News reports that Cecily Strong has landed the job.

Strong, 30, is reportedly only the fourth woman to be chosen for the high-profile gig. She’s known for her “SNL” character “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.”

“Strong will be delivering jokes in front of President Barack Obama, celebrity guests, government officials and journalists who report and write about the U.S. leader for print, wire, TV, radio and online outlets,” the report notes. “The White House Correspondents’ Association, which holds the annual event, announced the news on Wednesday on its website.”

Strong came aboard at “SNL” in 2012 and has spent much of that time as a co-anchor of the Weekend Update segment. She will be the correspondents’ dinner’s first female host since Wanda Sykes in 2009. Paula Poundstone became the first female host of the event in 1992, with Aretha Franklin also later hosting.

Joel McHale headlined the event his year.

The 2015 dinner is set for April 25.

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One Comment

  1. Really?! That’s the best they could do?! She’ll bomb..

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