The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Thursday that comedian and Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf will host its annual dinner this year. The event, commonly known as the Nerd Prom, is a highlight each spring for D.C. and media elite. Nearly every year since 1914, the president has attended for some good-natured ribbing, though notably, President Donald Trump, after having declared the media an “opposition party,” avoided the confab last year.
“Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism,” Bloomberg White House reporter and WHCA president Margaret Talev said in a 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, 32, took an interesting path to becoming an entertainer. As Talev mentioned in her announcement, Wolf worked on Wall Street for several years prior to breaking into show business. “I never meant to do comedy,” Wolf told The Wall Street Journal in 2014. “I moved to New York because I got job at Bear Stearns.” That was in 2007, just before the the investment firm went under the following year amid the global financial crisis. “I started a month after their three hedge funds failed. So, I was there in March of 2008 when the company’s stock went down to $2.”
Wolf never went to school for finance — her major in college was kinesiology. Nevertheless, she ended up on Wall Street wearing a suit to work each day, she said. Meanwhile, around the time the global economy was collapsing, she began taking improv classes. After Bear Stearns went under she worked for a few more years at JP Morgan, before taking the plunge into comedy. Eventually, she landed as a writer for Seth Myers’ NBC late-night show, before joining Comedy Central as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Wolf will be the fifth woman to handle hosting duties at the Correspondents’ Dinner.
It’s still unclear whether Trump will attend this year’s dinner — there have been rumblings that the president will go. If he decides to attend, some highlights of Wolf’s comedy below will give an idea of what he might expect to hear. Just like in 2011, Trump is not likely to get off easy.