Joel McHale

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Mr. McHale goes to Washington. Joel McHale, that is.

Or at least the Community and The Soup star will be heading to the nation's capital soon, as it was announced today that he will emcee the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, May 3.

"We're thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,"  White House Correspondents' Association president Steven Thomma said in a statement. "He's sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing."

Along with a who's who of journalists and celebrity guests (as yet to be announced), President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, per tradition, will be in attendance as the guests of honor.

Last year's event was hosted by Conan O'Brien, with such famous faces as Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Michael J. Fox, Sofía Vergara, Gerard Butler, Steven Spielberg and Amy Poehler on hand.

Previous hosts have included Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert.

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