Hasan Minhaj of 'The Daily Show' to headline White House correspondents' dinner

PHOTO: Actor/comedian Hasan Minhaj attends "Norman Lear Just Another Version Of You" New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater, July 7, 2016, in New York.PlayNicholas Hunt/Getty Images
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Comedian Hasan Minhaj will be the featured entertainer for the White House correspondents' dinner later this month, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced Tuesday.

"I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media," White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason said in a statement.

Minhaj has been a senior correspondent for "The Daily Show" since 2014 and has been critical of Trump's travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries.

Typically, the president attends the dinner, which has been a annual Washington tradition since the 1920s, and delivers a speech. However, Trump announced in February that he would be skipping this year's celebration and Trump's staff will also not be in attendance out of "solidarity" with the president.

It has also become custom for the featured comedian to give a roast of the president and Washington.

"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD!" said Minhaj. "Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press."

Past comedians who have emceed the correspondents' dinner include Larry Wilmore, Cecily Strong, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel.