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White House Correspondents' Dinner Hosts Through the Years

photo of Barrett Holmes  Pitner
April 26, 2012

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

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)

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)

Richard Pryor hosted the dinner in 1968—but opted to leave the live chicken at home for that occasion.(AP)


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

Aretha Franklin hosted the dinner in 1999.(Screenshot / C-SPAN)

Comedian Stephen Colbert hosted the 92nd annual awards dinner in 2006.(HARAZ N. GHANBARI/AP)


Jay Leno has hosted the annual dinner four times—for four different presidents.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

President Obama high-fived host Jimmy Kimmel while White House Correspondents' Association president Caren Bohan of Reuters looked on, 2012.(Saul Loeb / Getty Images)

Comedian and host Conan O'Brien and first lady Michelle Obama joked during the 2013 dinner.(Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)


Comedian and host Joel McHale hosted the 2014 dinner. McHale is best known as the host of The Soup .(Oliver Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong will host the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.(Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images)

This story has been updated. 

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