Cecily Strong is trading in her Saturday night for an elegant—and funny!—evening at Capitol Hill.
The SNLcast member will host the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, becoming the fourth female to emcee the gala in history after Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, and Wanda Sykes.
“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Christi Parsons said in a statement. “Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Illinois and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City.” Her background is also to thank for Strong’s political savvy. “Journalists are perennial targets for the WHCA entertainer, but Cecily has an edge,” the statement reads. “Her father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse.”
Strong first appeared on Saturday Night Live in September 2015 as a co-anchor on its “Weekend Update” segment with Seth Meyers. She was later replaced by show writer Michael Che, but remains a key player on the show as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party,” and impersonator of Khloe Kardashian,Lana Del Rey, and more. We take it she’ll leave that shtick for a non-White House date.