Kimmel to Entertain White House Correspondents

November 1, 2011 - 6:45 AM

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel will be the featured entertainer at its 98th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel is going to be cracking jokes for the president.

The White House Correspondents' Association says the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host will be the featured comedian at its 98th annual dinner next year.

Association president Caren Bohan said Tuesday that the 43-year-old entertainer was chosen because his "humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience."

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is traditionally attended by the president and first lady, along with various government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and awards to support and recognize excellence in journalism.

Kimmel said in a statement that he is looking forward to being part of the event on April 28, 2012, adding "I love dinner."