White House Correspondents' Dinner through the years
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, fondly known as Nerd Prom, is an annual gala for Washington journalists, celebrities, government officials, and the President and First Lady of the United States.
Typically, a comedian takes the stage and roasts the sitting president. Past hosts include Stephen Colbert, Wanda Sykes, and Jay Leno. On Saturday, Community’’s Joel McHale will preside over the festivities. And once he’s done, it’s President Obama’s turn to take the stage and poke fun at the press corps.
The first dinner was held in 1921, and it was an all-male affair until 1962. At the urging of journalist Helen Thomas, President John F. Kennedy refused to attend unless the ban on women was lifted.
The event flew under the radar for the first six decades of its existence. But in 1987, the dinner made headlines when a Baltimore Sun reporter brought Fawn Hall, the secretary at the heart of the Iran-Contra scandal, as his date.