Trevor Noah proved to be the ultimate host for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as he skewered the current administration with the perfect mix of snark and sophistication. During his speech on Saturday, April 30, he also appeared to poke fun at Pete Davidson, who was attending the event with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
“For real, people, what are we doing here?… I mean Dr. Fauci dropped out. That should’ve been a pretty big sign!… Pete Davidson thinks it’s ok.“@Trevornoah 🔥🔥 at #whcd pic.twitter.com/yzbkj6PPqf
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) May 1, 2022
After teasing the audience for showing up to “the nation’s most distinguished superspreader event,” Trevor continued to call out the idea of holding a massive indoor gathering in COVID times. “I mean, Dr. Fauci dropped out! That should have been a pretty big sign! Fauci thought it was too dangerous to come tonight!” he said of the top infectious disease expert, before adding, “Pete Davidson thinks its ok. And we all went with Pete. Ok. Alright.” Watch above.
Meanwhile, producers of the WH Correspondents’ Dinner were hoping to bring back the glitz to the event with such guests as Pete, Kim, Drew Barrymore, and more of Hollywood’s glitterati. There were even pre-taped skits provided by Late Late Show host James Corden and Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner. Dubbed the “Nerd Prom” in some circles, the gala will also feature an after-party hosted by Paramount and two brunches hosted by Politico and CNN on the following day.
The team behind the fabulous fete also brought in veteran Hollywood producer Bob Bain just 10 weeks before showtime in an attempt to ensure its success, according to Variety. Bain had recently produced the Critics Choice Awards and the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. “We are hoping he can elevate this event to a level we haven’t had it at before,” Steven Portnoy, the current president of the White House Correspondents Association, told the outlet.
“It is the nerd prom,” Bain said in a statement to the news source. “But what you’ve heard after the fact a lot of the time is ‘This was the most boring dinner I’ve ever been to.’ We’re trying to eliminate that comment.” He added, “We’re just trying to give this a little more of a contemporary and — pardon the word, ‘hip’ — but just a hipper feel without going overboard.”