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Conan to host White House Correspondent’s Association dinner

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:23 EDT
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Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien. Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com.
 
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Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien will host the 2013 White House Correspondent’s Association dinner, according to an announcement published Wednesday morning by association president Ed Henry.

O’Brien, who previously hosted the 1995 correspondent’s dinner, has made political humor a staple of his late night show on TBS. He’s spoofed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Newt and Castilla Gingrich, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and even rival late night hosts Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, both of whom gave popular performances at previous White House correspondent’s dinners.

While it’s sure to be a night of occasionally vicious ribbing, O’Brien’s got a more serious and sentimental side as well, which came out during his 2011 speech to graduates of Dartmouth College as he explained that failure — like his falling out with NBC in 2010 — isn’t actually the worst outcome and can often lead to “clarity, conviction and true originality.”

It can also, apparently, lead to a second invitation to host Washington’s most prestigious night of comedy.

This year’s dinner is scheduled for April 27th.

This video is from C-SPAN, aired April 29, 1995.


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Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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