The clapping had barely subsided before comedian Hasan Minhaj cracked a joke about the elephant not in the room — President Donald Trump.
"Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents' dinner," said Minhaj, the dinner's headliner and a senior correspondent at "The Daily Show." "My name is Hasan Minhaj, or I'll be known in a few weeks, No. 830287."
Within minutes of beginning his routine, he cracked wise President Trump's boycott of the dinner.