As funny as her characterizations on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) can be, Cicely Strong is not the one you’d think of to deliver stand-up at one of the most high profile political events of the year. Still, the woman with a one year stint as Weekend Update co-anchor will follow the President in the annual self-congratulating event that blends celebrities with government officials.
Mostly, the White House Correspondents Dinner (CSPAN, 7 p.m.) is a deserved moment in the sun for the indispensable, ad-free C-SPAN (usually a target of some ribbing itself). But CNN and other outlets have lately gotten hip to the event such that they are sending their own reporters (that is to say, reporters who aren’t attending the event with some celebrity). Red carpet footage of the wonks and the glamorous, often wondering why they are there, is its own surreal treat at 6.
Crazy timing for the documentary “Everest Avalanche Tragedy” (Discovery 10 p.m.). The chronicle of the April 2014 tragedy that killed 13 guides and left three missing comes a day after an earthquake-triggered avalanche that devastated the base camp, killing at least eight. It’s part of a weekend of mountain programming that begins with “Valley Uprising” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) about rock climbing in Yosemite over the years.
Richard Linklater’s remarkable Oscar bait “Boyhood” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut. It sure beats HBO’s Saturday night offering, last year’s “Godzilla” (HBO, 8 p.m.).