On one of the most pompous nights for politics and media, “The Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. humbled both sides of the political aisle as the featured entertainer for this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner.
“It’s an honor to speak and crack jokes on top of that, you know, next to the president,” he told CBS News before the event. “I think it’s an even bigger responsibility to be able to talk directly to the people in the room that are pushing against a lot of the things that keep America from moving forward.”
Here are Wood’s best jokes of the night:
Wood is one of several comedians invited to host the event in recent years, including Michelle Wolf in 2018 and Hasan Minhaj in 2017. “Daily Show” alum Trevor Noah headlined last year.
This year’s correspondents’ dinner, informally known as “nerd prom,” was Wood’s first as emcee, but it wasn’t his first foray in the media realm. His father, Roy Wood Sr., was a well-known journalist during the civil rights movement who co-founded one of the first Black American-owned national radio networks. And Wood started his professional career in media, earning a degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University.