The event, an annual feature since 1921, will be held in Washington on April 29.
Indian American Hasan Minhaj will headline this yearâ€™s White House Correspondentsâ€™ Association dinner, which will be held on April 29 in Washington, DC.
It is the first ever WHCA dinner during the tenure of President Trumpâ€” and Trump has announced he skipping it.
â€œHe brings comedy chops, but he also brings heart,â€ announcing the selection of Minhaj as the performer on Tuesdayâ€™s Morning Joe of MSNBC, WHCA President Jeff Mason said. â€œPresident Trump has said he will not be coming, but we will still be celebrating the First Amendment and the importance of a free press and Hasan brings all of that.â€
Mason added that, in addition to some jokes about Trump, Minhaj will â€œbring the message that we hope to get across that night: that the First Amendment is critical and the work of the White House press corps and journalists around the world is very important.â€
Since his election, Trump has had a very hostile relationship with the media, even calling it â€œenemy of the press.â€
Minhaj, 31, first gained national attention when he joined the Comedy Centralâ€™s Daily Show as a correspondent in 2004.
The next year, he made his Off-Broadway debut with Homecoming King, which is based on autobiographical incidents from the comedianâ€™s experience as a first generation Indian American.
Minhaj has also appeared on Netflixâ€™s Arrested Development, HBOâ€™s Getting On and Comedy Centralâ€™s @midnight, among other shows.
The annual WHCA dinner, held at Washington Hilton on the last Saturday in April, has been a regular feature on Washington spring since 1921.
A number of illustrious men from the American entertainment industry have performed at the event, including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Jay Leno, Ray Charles and Stephen Colbert.