Cecily Strong to Headline White House Correspondents Dinner

The SNL performer will be the fourth woman to lead the event's entertainment.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Cecily Strong speaks onstage at Hulu's Upfront Presentation on April 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Hulu

Photograph by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With at a Party will speak at length at one of the country's most famous parties. 

Cecily Strong will be the performer at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in April, said the association's president, Christi Parsons, on Wednesday. The comedian, known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” including her party-girl character on the “Weekend Update” segment, follows in the footsteps of such comic legends as Richard Pryor, Bob Hope and Jon Stewart. 

“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent,” Parsons said in an email. “Journalists are always fair game at the WHCA dinner, but Cecily comes with a special working knowledge of the crowd. Her dad, Bill Strong, is a former Associated Press bureau chief at the Illinois Statehouse.‎”

Strong will also follow in the footsteps of a smaller club: She'll be the fourth woman to headline the event, according to Parsons.



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