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Colin Jost to be featured entertainer at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Colin Jost (L), pictured with Scarlett Johansson, was announced as the featured entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. File Photo by Rocco Spaziani/UPI
Colin Jost (L), pictured with Scarlett Johansson, was announced as the featured entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. File Photo by Rocco Spaziani/UPI

Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Colin Jost will perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The White House Correspondents' Association announced in a press release Friday that Jost, an actor and comedian known for Saturday Night Live, will be the featured entertainer at the gala April 27 in Washington.

"Colin Jost knows how to make Saturday nights funny, and I am thrilled that Colin will be live from the nation's capital as the headline entertainer for this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner," WHCA president and NBC News senior White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell said.

Jost joined SNL as a writer in 2005 and has served as co-anchor of the show's Weekend Update since 2014.

He has received five Writers Guild awards, two Peabody awards and been nominated for 14 Emmy awards during his career.

Colin Jost (R) and Scarlett Johansson attend the American Cinematheque Awards in 2021. File Photo by Mike Goulding/UPI
Colin Jost (R) and Scarlett Johansson attend the American Cinematheque Awards in 2021. File Photo by Mike Goulding/UPI

"His sharp insights perfectly meet this remarkable time of divided politics, and a presidential campaign careening toward a rematch. His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn up the heat on the national news media and across the political spectrum. A night of laughs and reflections as our dinner honors freedom of the press as a cornerstone of American democracy. I am beyond excited to welcome one of NBC's brightest stars to one of Washington's greatest traditions," O'Donnell said.

Guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner typically include the president and first lady, senior government officials and members of the press corps.

Colin Jost (R) and Scarlett Johansson attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2020. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Colin Jost (R) and Scarlett Johansson attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2020. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Roy Wood Jr. performed at the 2023 dinner, while Trevor Noah was the featured entertainer at the 2022 gala.