The association said on Wednesday that Strong, an Illinois
native and relative newcomer to the popular improvisational
comedy show, will be the main performer at the annual event,
known for its ribbing of Washington power figures.
"I look forward to seeing her at our head table, where I plan to
seat her next to some other well-known Chicagoans," association
president Christi Parsons said, referring to President Barack
Obama, who lived in the Midwestern city before his move to
Strong joined SNL's cast in 2012 after performing elsewhere in
Chicago and has been featured in two films. Her father was also
a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, according to
the WHCA."Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes
with a Chicago accent," said Parsons, a reporter for the Chicago
Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
The dinner, which has been held for more than eight decades and
also honors student scholarship recipients, will be held on
April 25, 2015.
Strong will be just the fourth woman to headline the event,
according to the association.
Past performers at the dinner include Jay Leno, Steven Colbert,
Cedric the Entertainer, Conan O'Brien, and Wanda Sykes
(This story has been refiled to delete garble in paragraph 3)
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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