Michelle Wolf Is This Year's White House Correspondents Dinner Host. Here's Everything You Need to Know About Her.

From TIME - February 22, 2018

On Thursday, the White House Correspondents Association announced their host for the annual WHCA Dinner: Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comedian and Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent who is about to become much more well-known. Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism, the WHCA noted in their statement. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.

Wolf follows last years host, Hasan Minhaj, and a historically impressive lineup of comedians, including Stephen Colbert, Conan OBrien, and Jimmy Kimmel. Notably, shes the fifth woman ever tapped to host the dinner. Tradition dictates that the president is the most high-profile attendee of the event; however, President Trump skipped the event last year. Theres no word yet on his plans for the evening of Saturday, April 28 this year. Heres what you should know about rising comedy star Wolf.

She didnt start out as a comedian

Wolf didnt find comedy until well after starting her career. She studied kinesiology in college and was a track-and-field athlete at the College of William & Mary. After graduating in 2007, she went to work in finance in New York City, right before the 2008 recession. I always loved comedy, but in my mind it wasnt a viable career option, she said in an interview with The Wrap. But that changed: she started taking improv classes after watching a Saturday Night Live taping and moved to an easier non-finance job so she could focus on improv and writing jokes on Twitter. I would just read the news and tweet jokes about the news. It teaches you an economy of words, she told the Daily Beast.

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. have all given her platforms

After getting fired at her previous jobsince she was spending so much time distracted by comedyshe ended up landing a gig with Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014, mostly working in the writers room. She eventually moved to the Daily Show in 2016, popping up onscreen in sketches and continuing as a writer. In her appearances on Trevor Noahs show, shes made quick work of finding the humorand political commentaryin everything from sexual harassment allegations to Ivanka Trumps approach to feminism. Men dont know anything thats going on with women. You think you understand vaginas because sometimes you put your penis in one. Thats like me saying I understand engineering because I once drove through a tunnel, shes joked. And Noah has only had praise for her. If were all normal people, she sees the code of comedy like Neo in The Matrix, he told the Village Voice last year, calling her pure comedy perfection.

Chris Rock is also a fan: he tapped her to help write for him for his 2017 Oscars hosting gig and has had her as an opener on his 2017 tour. And Louis C.K. also gave her a platform, making her his opener during his 2016 comedy tour and featuring her as an actor in his web series Horace and Pete. (So chances are, even if you dont know her face yet, youve heard her jokes before.)

She has plenty of experience with stand-up and shows

Wolf is a regular at New York Citys famed Comedy Cellar; for a while, she was trying to perform a show a night for years. She also hosted a 2015 web series, Now Hiring, which is available on YouTube via Comedy Central. And in 2017 Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady came out on HBO. Its an hour-long stand-up ride that should give viewers a good introduction to her brand of cutting and timely comedy. In the special, she makes no qualms about satirizing the experience of being a woman in the world today. I want equal payand a chardonnay, she jokes, deadpan, about her brand of feminism. Nice Lady got glowing reviews from critics, too, and has a 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Netflix just snagged her for a new show

She hasnt hesitated to pull punches on powerful people

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