The late-night star will be fourth woman to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Updated December 08, 2020 10:55 AM
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Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong will be sharpening the news chops she honed at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk now that she’ll be sharing an even more imposing dais – with the leader of the free world.

The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Wednesday that Strong, 30, will be the featured entertainer at its next annual dinner. She will be following a comic monologue by President Obama in a ballroom of some 2,000-plus Washington VIPs.

“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent,” WHCA president Christi Parsons said in an email to White House correspondents. “In the 82-year history of our dinner, she ll be the fourth woman to serve in this role.”

“Get it, girl!” Tweeted Chicago’s Second City comedy club, with whom the Illinois native got her start.

While Strong retired from her "Weekend Update" role in September, news remains in her DNA. Her dad, Bill Strong, was a longtime Associated Press bureau chief at the Illinois statehouse.

Knock ’em dead, Cecily! We can only hope the WHCA serves Moet & Chandon.

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