McHale is the star of the NBC television comedy "Community"
and host of E! network's "The Soup."
"He's sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate
the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats,
Republicans and especially the news media," WHCA President and
McClatchy Co political editor Steven Thomma said in a statement.
"Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing," he added.
This year, the dinner will be held on May 3.
In a Twitter post after the announcement, McHale said: "My
material will be equally offensive to all & over within 30 min — just like a Congressional work year."
Past performers at the dinner include Cedric the Entertainer,
Steven Colbert, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Seth Myers and Wanda
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing
by Gunna Dickson)
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