The U.S. president and first lady traditionally attend the WHCA dinner, as do senior government officials and members of the press corps.
WASHINGTON — Colin Jost, the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” will get a chance in April to roast leading political and media figures as the featured entertainer at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
“His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn up the heat on the national news media and across the political spectrum,” said Kelly O’Donnell, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and NBC News Senior White House Correspondent, in a statement.
A writer and comedic performer, Jost has written for the long-running NBC late night comedy franchise since 2005. He began co-anchoring the show’s news parody in 2014 with co-anchor Michael Che. His film credits include “Coming 2 America” and “Tom & Jerry.”
He is the author of the memoir “A Very Punchable Face.” Jost, 41, grew up in the New York City borough of Staten Island and graduated from Harvard University, where he was dormmates with now Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Jost also bought a decommissioned Staten Island Ferry boat with SNL co-star Pete Davidson in 2022. The pair said at the time they planned to turn the ferry into a nightclub, but experts said the plan would take millions of dollars and years of work to accomplish.
Jost is married to actress Scarlett Johansson. The pair tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2020.
The U.S. president and first lady traditionally attend the WHCA dinner, as do senior government officials and members of the press corps with the proceeds from the night helping to fund scholarships for journalism students.