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15 People Who Should Have Been Picked To Roast Washington On Its Biggest Night

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Joel McHale, host of E!'s "The Soup" and star of NBC's "Community," will have the honor of roasting President Barack Obama, Congress and members of the media at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner.

While McHale's not necessarily a bad choice, we think there are a few others who could give Washington the roasting it deserves...

  • Tina Fey And Amy Poehler
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    Why would we not want these two to host the biggest event inside the Beltway? They've already proved themselves as hosts of the Golden Globes two years in a row, and they certainly aren't afraid to take people to task, so you know they'd give Washington the roasting it deserves.
  • Johnny Weir
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    Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has totally killed it as a figure skating commentator during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Plus, he's an LGBT athlete, just like those the White House is supporting amid controversy over Russia's anti-gay laws. We'd love it if he brought his pink blazer and took a turn as host of the correspondents dinner.
  • Bob Costas
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    Speaking of the Olympics, let's not forget about NBC anchor Bob Costas, who's had to take sick days from covering the events in Sochi because of a brutal case of pink eye. He -- and his eyes -- could be redeemed after a few jokes about Congress.
  • Kevin Spacey As U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood
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    U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey's fictional character in the Netflix original series "House of Cards," made an appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner via video in 2013. But we want more, and we know Underwood wouldn't hold back as host of the biggest gala in Washington.
  • Louis C.K.
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    Louis C.K. was supposed to host the dinner in 2012, but withdrew over controversy surrounding some of his past jokes about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). We'd love for him to take the gig this year, even if some people don't like it.
  • Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
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    Everyone inside the Beltway already knows Flake is beautiful, but many may not know he's got a great sense of humor. The senator showed off his funny side at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner in February.
  • John Oliver
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    John Oliver proved his hilarity during his stint as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" last summer, and now he's hosting his own show on HBO. His British charm would do wonders while roasting America's most powerful people.
  • Shia LaBeouf
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    Nobody knows about a good apology like politicians. LaBeouf, who is now performing in a Los Angeles-based art installation called "#IAmSorry," could probably learn a thing or two from those at the dinner.
  • Drake
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    Rapper and actor Drake proved himself as a performer during his January appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Drake as Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel would be a perfectly hilarious host.
  • Katt Williams
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    Katt Williams is known for his loud, outrageous and profane comedy. We'd love to see the looks on politicians' faces if he were to take the stage at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
  • Ricky Gervais
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    Ricky Gervais certainly ruffled a few feathers with his "in your face, sometimes outrageous material" at the Golden Globes. We can only imagine the things he'd have to say about America's top lawmakers.
  • Noam Chomsky
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    And now, for something completely different. The man who said U.S. politics has descended into "pure savagery" would definitely leave heads spinning. We're guessing politicians would have a hard time laughing at themselves after the kind of roasting Chomsky would be likely to give them.
  • Stephen Colbert And Jon Stewart
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    Both of these guys have hosted separately before, so we know they're good. A Colbert-Stewart tag team of the event could raise the hilarity to epic proportions.

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