Before she takes the podium at tomorrow night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong sat down with CNN’s Poppy Harlow to preview how she plans to handle what has somehow become Washington, D.C.’s biggest night of the year. Unlike some of her predecessors, Strong said, “I don’t want to be mean, I’d rather be funny.”
“Of course I’ll have a couple of pointed remarks,” she said, “but hopefully it’s all funny.” That being said, Strong did say she enjoyed the most pointed White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech of all time made by Stephen Colbert in 2006.
“I loved it,” Strong said. “I will not be that though, because it’s just different circumstances” — ie. President Barack Obama as opposed to President George W. Bush — “and I think he’s incredible.”
Strong also revealed the big piece of advice she received from former Weekend Update co-anchor and previous WHCD host Seth Meyers, who has been helping her write jokes. He told her to make sure she can “self-edit,” so “if something’s not hitting with the crowd” she can ditch jokes on the fly.
Mediaite will be covering the White House Correspondents’ Dinner live starting at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday night, April 25, so check back for more tomorrow night.
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