The April 25 event will see Indian American comic Minhaj with Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live.”
If the 2017 White House Correspondents’ dinner, left you in splits over stand-up comic Hasan Minhaj’s act, then it is time for an encore of the Indian American artiste’s performance.
Minhaj and Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson will headline White House Correspondents’ dinner on April 25 this year.
While Thompson will be the host at the dinner, Minhaj will be the featured entertainer in his second outing at the much-awaited event.
Soon after the White House Correspondents’ Association made the announcement on Tuesday morning, Minhaj took to Twitter to inform millions of his followers on social media.
Minhaj’s 2017 performance was dubbed as ground-breaking by South Asian watchers not only because an Indian American was headlining the event for the first time, but also because Minhaj’s savage jokes took upon everything from racism to President Donald Trump.
True to his style, Minhaj has maintained a very in-your-face attitude to truth in his Netflix show, Patriot Act, which continues to get him great accolades.
In a break from tradition, Trump has not attended the dinner three years in a row since he took over in January 2017. “Every President since Calvin Coolidge (in 1924) has attended the dinner,” according to association president Jonathan Karl.
Minhaj’s tweet was met with positive response with one Twitter user commenting, “wait a minute .. have they WATCHED your show? I like it, I just thought they were going to pick ‘nice safe non political comedians’ from now on that won’t hurt their feelings.”