"Welcome to the series finale of The White House Correspondent's Dinner," joked Hasan Minhaj as he took the podium, looking out to a room filled with some of the media's most recognizable faces. The White House Correspondent's dinner was noticeably different last night from years past, namely because President Trump and his entire administration were not in attendance. It is customary for the President to attend and speak at the event, which is meant to serve as a bridge between the White House and the members of the press who cover it, and to celebrate the freedom of the press.
Minhaj was this year's speaker, and he immediately acknowledged the fact that he was chosen mostly because no one else wanted the job. He then took aim at the President himself, who was at a rally in Pennsylvania during the correspondent's dinner, and who announced in February that he would not be attending. Minhaj also joked about Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, and Vladimir Putin, who Minhaj referred to as the president in one joke.
Watch Minhaj's full speech above, and some of the highlights below.