WH Correspondents Dinner Preview: Featuring Biden and Trevor Noah, Will Even One Laugh Be Heard?

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After a blessed two-year absence, the annual nerd prom (a/k/a the White House Correspondents Dinner) is back Saturday night, featuring Joe Biden and Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” (Noah’s show is advertised using the initials TDS, which is really extremely appropriate.)

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As Brad covered in this week’s “Lieable Sources” podcast, all of the pre-party publicity notes that Trump boycotted the dinner during his presidency – but only after the highbrow journalists threatened to boycott it first – because they still can’t quit Trump.

Though the dinner’s organizers are extremely concerned about a rise in COVID-19 cases in DC and requiring all attendees to be vaxxed and tested (which has shown to be extremely ineffective in preventing superspreader outbreaks), Biden is still attending in person and as of this time hasn’t decided whether he’s going to don a mask when he’s not speaking or whether he’ll take that risk. Citing the outbreak, Dr. Anthony Fauci decided he’d stay home, but it’s also quite possible that if Fauci wasn’t going to be the focus of the dinner he’d rather stay home anyway.

Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned in Friday’s press briefing:

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“As you’re well aware, tomorrow the President and the First Lady will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where the President will speak.  And I will lower expectations and say it’s not funny at all. Just kidding.”

When asked how Biden is approaching the dinner, Psaki replied:

“I will tell you the President has a very good sense of humor and is working hard on his own speech.”

That is not a good sign.

You can watch the speech on C-SPAN’s YouTube channel starting at 8 PM Eastern, but if you want to save yourself the hassle, I have it on good authority that this South Park comedy clip is funnier than anything Trevor Noah will say.

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