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Step Up to the Mic: Calling All Funny Journos

The call is out for funny journalists willing to get on stage.

Comedia dell Media III is set for April 1 at the National Press Club.

So far, NJ‘s Matt Cooper and Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary have signed up. Cooper’s a repeat comedian who is at ease with the stage. “Lacking the ability to raise journalists from the dead, Commedia dell Media III is on the hunt for comedic talent in DC’s media community,” says a release from event organizer and freelancer Christina Davidson.

The event raises money for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

The winner? He or she takes home a crown and a one-day supply of beer provided by sponsors at Flying Dog Brewery. “To be specific, I guess a six-pack,” said Davidson.

Interested budding comics can contact Davidson at Christina@journopalooza.com by Feb. 25.

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Journopalooza: More Bubble Than Blitz

WCP‘s Benjamin Freed recently wrote about the would-be studded event at the National Press Club last Friday. Journopalooza, explained its first organizer (Christina Davidson of the Atlantic), “started out as a running joke” to get WaPo cartoonist Tom Toles and his band, Suspicious Package, out of the basement they practiced in and into a club.

And, at least the way Freed sees it, it seems Journopalooza is still largely a joke and part of a makeshift bubble. In other words people go for the bubble and then maybe the music. Freed reports that almost nobody considered to be a “boldface name” showed up. Instead, he wrote, most people in attendance were members of the National Press Club who were just happy to be able to tell people that they live in D.C. and are members of the Press Club. The event “embodies the masturbatory nature of Washington media and politics.”

And the lackluster attendance wasn’t for a lack of invites. Even the White House Office of Communications was sent an invitation, though Politico‘s Mike Allen said that only one person from the office was there.

Yahoo! News editor Chris Lehmann was there playing with his band, Charm Offensive, but couldn’t even convince his wife, Ana Marie Cox of GQ, to attend.

Suspicious Package won the battle of the bands. Suspiciously, Freed wrote, few of alleged import were really there enjoy it

Atlantic Blog Post Earns Homeless Veteran $1 Million

SafeGround tent city residents Charles and Elizabeth Zimmerman had nothing but broken hearts. After both suffered heart attacks, Charles, a 22-year military veteran, and Elizabeth, as his dependent, should have access to care through the VA system. But due to a long battle trying to correct a paperwork snafu, the Zimmermans have been unable to collect Charles’ pension or access VA services.

The Atlantic‘s Christina Davidson was able to change that. After chronicling the couple’s heartache, Davidson shared some good news on her Atlantic blog – a testament to the power of journalism:

“Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) apparently read my piece about the Zimmermans and contacted Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), who sits on the Committee on Veterans Affairs. As a result of their efforts, Charles Zimmerman had a mind-blowing meeting with a VA official…Charles called me as soon as the meeting had ended to tell me that the VA had apologized for delaying resolution of his case for so long. He said they told him he would start receiving full benefits within a matter of weeks, including an initial check that would cover backpay for the past 18 years since his retirement.”

“Are you sitting down?” Charles asks. “Yes,” I say. “They say they’ll be sending me a check for $972,000.”

The Atlantic‘s Davidson Sets Off On A Recession Road Trip

For the next four months, the Atlantic’s Christina Davidson will travel to 48 states on a “Recession Road Trip” (more aptly called the “Peanut Butter Sandwich Chronicles,” she jokes). She’ll travel to the people and communities most devastated by the economic climate and hopes to tell their stories of hope and strength. This roadtrip is also for a book she’s working on.

Davidson tells us she’ll be spending most nights sleeping on the couches of strangers and hopes to survive on a self-imposed $5 a day food allowance.

In her blog‘s first posting, she says, “This morning I begin a quest to discover that well of strength I believe still resides in the American people and communities most devastated by the economic downturn… In diners, bars, bingo halls and coffee shops, I seek those Americans who have lost everything–except hope.”

We’ll keep tabs on Christina’s travels and you can follow for yourself here.

Owen Wilson Shows DC Journos Some Love

Owen Wilson is in town, shooting a movie with Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd- they’re actually filming in Adams Morgan so we’re practically neighbors.

FBDC hears Owen’s been showing DC journos some love lately, making brief appearances at a book party last night for columnist John McCaslin, and also at a going away party of sorts for Christina Davidson Tuesday at Local 16 on U St.