The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party is going to be entertaining at a pretty big one. Cecily Strong, a player on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” was tapped Tuesday to be the featured entertainer at the next White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, also known as Nerd Prom, by the media organization hosting the lighthearted dinner that gets politicians, journalists and celebrities in the same room every spring.
“Her political humor comes with a strong Chicago accent,” White House Correspondents' Association President Christi Parsons said in an email to reporters, according to Politico. Strong, a 30-year-old actress who cut her comedic teeth as a member of Chicago’s famed Second City comedy group, will be the fourth woman to headline the April dinner. Her father is Bill Strong, a former Associated Press bureau chief at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.
Cecily Strong also co-anchored “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” a plum role on the sketch-comedy show that propelled the careers of Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, among others. Her character, The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party, is regularly featured during the segment. Check out Strong playing the character below:
The White House Correspondents' Dinner is also a time when the president roasts Washington. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been among the targets of jokes from President Barack Obama in recent years.
Obama has also used some self-deprecating humor during his speech at the event, last year poking fun at the botched Obamacare rollout. “In 2008 my [campaign] slogan was ‘Yes We Can,’” the president said. “In 2013 my slogan was ‘Control Alt Delete.’”
View Obama’s entire spiel from April 2013: