Seth Meyers, head writer and anchor of “Weekend Update” on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning program “Saturday Night Live,” will be the featured speaker at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, which will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Washington DC Hilton.
Meyers, who hosted the 2010 ESPY Awards on ESPN this past July, is currently in his tenth season on “Saturday Night Live,” his fifth season as head writer, and his fifth season as anchor of “Weekend Update.”
A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied and performed at ImprovOlympic before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland.
“We’re very excited. 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,” said David Jackson of USA TODAY and president of the WHCA.
via WHCA DINNER.
Last updated April 28: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner,
Washington’s annual tribute to gentle public mockery, is two days away and the celebrity guest lists are coming together. Here’s a roundup of the notable names that have been confirmed already, grouped by the news outlet that invited them. (We’ve left out spouses and plus-ones to keep things somewhat manageable) As usual, it’s looks to be a striking array of old faces, new faces, and the faces that belong to Donald Trump
- USA Today: David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rick Fox, Eliza Dushku
- The Hill: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (White House correspondent Sam Youngman, described by Fishbowl DC as a “die-hard” University of Kentucky fan, landed the former Wildcat star after more than a month of lobbying.)
- The Washington Post: Speaker John Boehner, Kathleen Parker, Donald Trump (but only if Steve Wynn’s daughter’s wedding doesn’t run late)
- NPR: Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, singer-songwriter Annie Clark, School of Rock screenwriter Mike White, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice
- Fox News: Glee‘s Amber Riley, Chace Crawford, Tim Daly, Bridget Moynahan, Mekhi Phifer, Patricia Arquette, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano, Newt Gingrich, Felicity Huffman, Omar Epps, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson (She’s coming with On The Record host Greta van Susteren, assuming she gets back from covering the royal wedding in time.)
- Mother Jones: Sean Penn (Washington bureau chief David Corn extended the invitation)
- People: Bristol Palin, The Office‘s Mindy Kaling, Steven Tyler, Glee‘s Chris Colfer
- Bloomberg: Snowboarder Shaun White, Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke, former White House social secretary Julianna Smoot
- Time: Steve Buscemi, Sen. Scott Brown, Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terrence Winter, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, designer Tara Subkoff, Game Change director Jay Roach, Game Change producer Danny Strong
- ABC: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Erin Andrews, Jane Lynch, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Sen. Marco Rubio, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Gary Locke, White House Chief of Staff William Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Admiral Mike Mullen, White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Fortune: Mira Sorvino, Twitter cofounder Evan Williams
- Newsweek: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Colin Powell, Tina Brown, Bary Diller, Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Sullivan, Howard Kurtz, Jane Harman, Peter Beinart, Meghan McCain, Russell Simmons, Rep. Aaron Schock. (At the 2009 dinner, people thought sparks were flying between Favreau and actress Rashida Jones. Just something to keep in mind.)
- The New Yorker: Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, the Coen brothers
- The Atlantic and National Journal: Taylor Kitsch, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Mike Farah, Chris Dodd, David Axelrod, Rep. John Dingell, Rep. Mike Pence, Rep. John Mica
- CNN Mila Kunis, Lady Antebellum, Paul Abdul
- The New York Times For the fourth straight year, nobody
- Politico: John Legend, Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Anthony Weiner, Joan Rivers, Cal Ripken, Jr., designer Tony Burch, UAE ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker
- Glamour: Rashida Jones, Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera, designer Rachel Roy
- Chicago Tribune: Rahm Emanuel
- Reuters: Samantha Ronson
- American Urban Radio Network: The Wire‘s Wendell Pierce
via The Atlantic Wire.