The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) announced today that Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of “Patriot Act” will be the featured performers at the 2020 White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 25th.
Kenan Thompson is currently in his 17th season with “SNL,” where he is known for his famous impressions of Charles Barkley and Steve Harvey.
The 2020 dinner will also feature Hasan Minhaj, known for his roles on “Daily Host” and “Patriot Act.” Minhaj was the featured entertainer at the 2017 dinner.
WHCA President Jonathan Karl, the chief White House correspondent at ABC News, has introduced new awards to recognize accountability journalism and reportorial courage, highlighting on the dinner’s renewed emphasis on freedom of the press.
Last year, the WHCA reset the dinner format, breaking from its decades-long comedic tradition by booking renowned historian and Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow to headline the dinner.
The New York Times reports that “The dinner itself…will have a refreshed look. The yellowish curtain of years past will be replaced by large screens, and the evening will be overseen by a veteran television producer, Bob Bain.”
The White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch is preparing to announce some big surprises for its 27th anniversary. Tammy Haddad and friends host the annual Garden Brunch at the former Georgetown estate of the late Washington Post publisher, Katharine Graham. At the 2019 Garden Brunch, comedian Jay Leno surprised Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Angela Morales-Biggs, with the keys to a brand new, payment-free Nissan Pathfinder, thanks to Wells Fargo, the Military Warriors Support Foundation, and Jones Junction Auto Group. Since 1993, the Garden Brunch brings together lawmakers, media, politicos, and Hollywood stars to celebrate charitable causes immediately preceding the WHC Dinner.
The 2020 White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 25th, at the Washington Hilton.
About the WHCA
Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. The WHCA supports awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year, as well as scholarships for young reporters to promote vibrant journalism for years to come. The inaugural White House Correspondents’ dinner took place on May 7, 1921.