Seth Meyers To Host 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner (VIDEO)
Fans of "Saturday Night Live" and political humor will be happy to know that "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will be hosting the next White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011.
Meyers, who has been a cast member on "SNL" since 2001, will join the ranks of Conan O'Brien, Al Franken and Darrell Hammond as Correspondents Dinner hosts hailing from the classic late-night program.
According to Politico, Meyers being tapped as next year's host makes sense in conjunction with his recent gigs and his being the sole anchor on "Weekend Update":
"As Meyers's biting 'Weekend Update' jokes and commentary have increasingly gained currency in the Beltway since he became its sole anchor in 2008, his star has risen too. Recently, he hosted the 2008 and 2009 Webby Awards and the 2010 ESPY Awards on ESPN (he's set to host again in 2011). He's also a growing presence on Twitter, with over 300,000 followers."
Since Meyers (and "SNL" in general) sway toward liberal humor, it will be interesting to see how he handles roasting a Democratic president, as opposed to Stephen Colbert's controversial roasting of Republican President George W. Bush in 2006.
Whether Meyers decides to skewer Washington's finest with biting satire or take a sillier, more lighthearted approach, he'll likely do better than last year's host Jay Leno, who failed to get laughs with his mostly recycled material.
Below, see Jay Leno's performance from last year: