Louis C.K. to Perform at Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner

Hot, uncensored comic seen as a daring choice

December 20, 2011 5:30 PM ET
louis ck
Louis C.K. attends the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Louis C.K. has been tapped to entertain at the next Radio and TV Congressional Correspondents' dinner in June. The comedian, fresh off the success of his latest comedy special, which he made available as a download through his website, will give the dinner "a bit of an edge," said CNN's Jay McMichael, current chair of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association (RTCA). 

The annual dinner, sometimes attended by the president, typically features topical humor that can test the boundaries of decorum. In recent years, however – after Stephen Colbert's controversial jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner at the expense of then-President George W. Bush in 2006 – such events have mostly played it safe, hosting Jay Leno, Rich Little and Craig Ferguson.

"One of our goals was to make it not so stuffy an evening," said McMichael of the RTCA's black-tie affair. Choosing C.K., who is known for his raunchy humor and his willingness to voice any dark thought for a laugh, would seem to guarantee that.   

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

More Song Stories entries »