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
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Louis C.K. attends the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
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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.   

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