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WH Correspondents' Dinner Hosts Through the Years -- PICTURES

photo of Barrett Holmes  Pitner
April 26, 2012

In anticipation of the White House Correspondents' Association's annual awards dinner on April 28, National Journal takes a look back at some of the notable hosts of the festivities. This year, Jimmy Kimmel will be making his first foray into the dinner's hosting hot seat.

Comedian Stephen Colbert gestures during the White House Correspondents' Association's 92nd annual awards dinner in 2006.(HARAZ N. GHANBARI/AP)

Before becoming Minnesota's junior senator, Al Franken was a writer and performer for Saturday Night Live for 15 years and hosted the White Correspondents' Association dinner in 1994 and 1996.(Dennis Cook/AP)

Jay Leno has hosted the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner four times and for four different presidents.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

 

Aretha Franklin, seen here performing during President Obama's inauguration, hosted the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 1999.(RON EDMONDS/AP)

Richard Pryor hosted the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 1968, but opted to leave the live chicken at home for that occasion.(AP)

Peter Sellers; seen here with actresses Capucine (left) and Elke Sommer, cohosted the dinner in 1962 with Gwen Verdon, Richard Goodman, and Benny Goodman.(AP)

 

Frank Sinatra (second from left) and Danny Kaye (right) cohosted the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 1945 along with Danny Thomas, Jimmy Duarante, Fanny Brice, and Garry Moore.(AP)

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