Kimmel to host White House Correspondents dinner

High-profile event mixes politics with Hollywood

Jimmy Kimmel has been named as the host for the upcoming White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.

Gig has long been high profile and mixes Hollywood with Washington, D.C., politics. Event is set for April 28, 2012.

Emceeing duties can be a tough balancing act. Each year’s selected comedian needs to have material that will be biting, yet it’s generally scolded upon if jokes aimed at the president are considered below the belt.

Said Kimmel: “I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner. I love dinner.”

“Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,” said WHCA president Caren Bohan.

Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” hosted this year’s dinner and took some memorable shots at Donald Trump, who was in attendance. At the time, Trump was on an anti-President Obama rant and flirting with making a run at the GOP presidential nomination.

The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the president and first lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

Other recent hosts include Jay Leno, Wanda Sykes and Craig Ferguson.