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After much drama over who really earned the most applause at the recent Commedia del Media stand-up contest amongst Washington journalists, WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield comes out on top.
So organizers had FishbowlDC host a vote. And the people have spoken: 42 votes for Hatfield. No reason to embarrass WaPo Columnist John Kelly and award-winning documentary film producer and former WAMU anchor Mike Walter with their numbers, but suffice it to say, they too have fans.
Congratulations to Brooke!
If you missed her performance, watch below:
The official word on why the Commedia crown is still in contention: Upon late-night review of Friday’s performances at the National Press Club, the judges who included former CNN Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre and Fox News Business reporter Rich Edson noticed a few errant chads hanging loosely in the applause. This casts doubt on their decision to award WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield the Commedia crown and title of “DC’s Funniest Journalist.” Others who had the most clapping in the first round of voting include the following performers: Award-winning documentary producer and former anchor at WUSA Mike Walter and WaPo columnist John Kelly.
So the jury is STILL out.
Congress (i.e. the powers that be at Commedia del Media) has mandated a re-vote to commence immediately prior to total government shutdown. We’ve agreed to host the vote.
The finalists are:
1. Mike Walter: Watch here.
2. Brooke Hatfield: Watch here.
3. John Kelly: Watch here.
Watch the videos. Cast your vote. We’ll tally the numbers.You’re on the honor code to vote just once.
Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.
Find out other weird details about the evening…
(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know...)
*But will they be funny? Commedia dell Media III tickets are officially on sale. The final lineup is 13 journo competitors. But only one will be named D.C.’s Funniest Journalist. The date: April 1. WaPo cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will host and PBS’s Miles O’Brien will headline the show. Sharpening their wits in prep for the competition, the candidates are: Politico’s Jon Allen and Meredith Shiner, NPR’s Jamila Bey, Nadia Bilbassy of the Middle East Broadcasting Company, NJ‘s Matt Cooper, WCP‘s Brooke Hatfield, WaPo‘s John Kelly, Riz Khan of al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman, Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary, Mike Walter of Walter Media, TWT‘s Shaun Waterman and freelancer Tim Young. Last’s year’s winner’s, Military.com’s Jamie McIntyre (who trash talked CNN last year) and FOX Business News’s Rich Edson will head a snark panel of judges, but audience input will anoint the winner. Buy tickets here: $15 online and $20 the night of the show. The event takes place at the National Press Club. Starting time: 8 p.m.
*The Irony As the House gears up to vote on funding for NPR, NPRNews releases its “Song of the Day.” That would be Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s “Strength In Vulnerability.”
*Gender Confusion on Capitol Hill: The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie reporting over Twitter that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) referred to Under Sec. for Defense Michele Flournoy as a man. “Has @RosLehtinen ever met under secretary Flournoy, who she just quoted on the House floor? Because Flournoy is a Ms., not a Mr.” Wilkie wrote.
Journopalooza III, the annual battle of the bands contest amongst D.C. journos on January 21, is adding a new twist to this year’s show. And it’s feeling a tad strip clubish.
“Choosing “DC’s best media band” will be charitably un-democratic since fans will “buy votes” by throwing money at their favorite performers,” the event’s organizer Christina Davidson told FishbowlDC. “We’ll accept US dollars, foreign currency, traveler’s checks, and gold doubloons.”
Davidson said she hopes Suspicious Package band member Tim Burger might get the wrong idea. “Yeah, if we’re lucky, Burger will get confused and start taking off his clothes,” she said.
Tickets go on sale today… General admission is $25 and $30 at the National Press Club door. Visit here. Proceeds go to charity. The evening will be hosted by DC’s Funniest Journalists, co-winners of Commedia dell Media II, Military.com’s Jamie McIntyre and Fox Business Network’s Rich Edson. Flying Dog beer will flow from five cash bars after doors open at 7.
Journo laments end of madras shorts
“Madras pants for the last time this year. Sigh #endofsummer The seersucker shorts got their last.”
- AP White House reporter Phil Elliott in a weekend tweet.
McIntyre relates to Brewer’s Cindy Brady moment
“But I can sympathize with the lights going on the camera going on, and just blanking out. It happens.”
- Former CNN Pentagon Correspondent Jamie McIntyre, speaking on the moment of TV brain freeze Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who is running for reelection. McIntyre runs the website, Line of Departure, a military news and national policy blog.
Slate reporter talks dog politics
Blogger shuns grammar police
“I much prefer e-mails cursing my name and Jewishness to e-mails picking nits with my grammar.” – WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in recent tweet.
Journo gets organized on Labor Day
“House cleaned, dog washed, car washed, Jay washed. Labor done on Labor day. Now time for a glass of wine.”
- Time‘s congressional correspondent Jay Newton-Small in a Labor Day tweet.
What passes for funny amongst journalists? Nipples. The word f–k. Ann Coulter’s boobs. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) being the hue of burnt sienna. And the National Press Club turning the Edward R. Murrow room into an RNC bondage bar.
Journalists performing stand-up in the National Press Club ballroom for the Commedia del Media charity journo comedy competition Thursday night did imitations of British accented broadcasters and one wondered why CNN didn’t allow one of its own to participate in the competition. Few knew that Sue Bennett, a producer for HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was in the audience scouting the talent. NBC, CBS and FOX were also there filming the performances.
Commedia del Media raises money for charities such as Reporters Without Borders. Of the seven competing journalists, two tied for first place: Former CNN scribe and Miltary.com’s Jamie McIntyre and FOX Business Network correspondent Rich Edson. Judges voted for McIntyre, but the decibel machine revealed that McIntyre and Edson tied at 105.6 decibels.
Edson performed well-practiced impressions of British broadcasters and a raspy-voiced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). Though he said he was nervous, many thought his delivery was near-perfect.
McIntyre tweaked CNN, saying, “They told me one of those cameras is for the Fox News Channel. I’m not used to having so many people watching.” He also razzed cable news broadly. “I like to call it news whiz,” he said, comparing it to the cheese. “It’s a simulated news-like product. You could use it for news if you didn’t have any real news.”
McIntyre spilled that a CNN reporter was to perform stand-up last night, but cracked that the event wasn’t serious enough for the network. He said most networks are “thin-skinned” and prone to “hurt feelings.”
Though he never named the journalist who was to perform Thursday night, FishbowlDC learned that the would-be comedian was Capitol Hill correspondent Brianna Keilar. Keilar dropped out a few weeks ago with the CNN Speakers Bureau declaring her unavailable for the evening. Sources say she had wanted to perform.
McIntyre, the former CNN Pentagon scribe, blamed himself for the correspondent dropping out. He said in 2006 he competed in a Funniest Journalist on the Planet contest in Manhattan in which he took comedic jabs at then-CNN host Lou Dobbs. At the time, CNN was none too pleased, McIntyre said, and a network higher-up phoned to scold him as he drove home to Washington.
Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn was among the event’s three judges. A tough judge, he was. “Actually I don’t like comedy at all,” he said before the routines began. “It takes me a lot to laugh. I do think [RNC Chairman] Michael Steele is really funny. He is my favorite comedian. He cracks me up. He kills.”
Former Time reporter Matt Cooper was emcee for the evening. Before the event, he paced and paced, carefully studying his notes. Cooper, whose cadence resembles that of an actual comedian, spoke of horrible crowds in the Metro, saying, “I’m like, ‘Get off the f–king Metro people.’ Let me be depressed by myself.” He also took a stab at (or else, complimented) Politico saying, “As you know, this extraordinary nuclear agreement was signed. …Later they said the world still needed to come together to fight the global threat of Politico for world domination.”
He remarked on his figure, saying, “I’ve tried to lose some weight. I’ve gone from f–king fat to fat.”
Cooper imitated former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) asking aide Andrew Young to pretend Rielle Hunter’s baby was his. “I’m going to owe you a solid when this is over,” he said in an Edwards drawl. …And I think your wife is going to understand more than you think.”
Aside from McIntyre and Edson, other performers included WaPo’s Melissa Bell (who spoke of men in India pinching women’s nipples as a sign of affection), former NPR reporter Jamila Bey, Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef and Department of Transportation public relations officer Doug Hecox.
Hecox on the census: “I’m just waiting for John Boehner where he checks the box orange. The story is not that he’s orange, it’s that he’s really burnt sienna.”
He brought up Coulter’s jugs, saying that he’s going to dress up as President Ann Coulter for Halloween, his favorite holiday. But, he said, he feared that his breasts would be too large. “I’m not saying she’s flat chested,” he said. “I’m saying they both lean too far to the right.”
Shapiro recalled watching 60 hours of cable TV for a story. “It was interesting watching the two IQ points slough off my dandruff,” he said.
Youssef described herself as “Muslimish.” She said, “I drink, I fornicate, but I don’t eat pork.”
The evening closed with Sylvia Traymore, whose imitations included The View’s Whoopie Goldberg, actress Monique, and singer Dionne Warwick. Largely with her back turned to the audience, she stripped off her long-sleeved shirt to reveal a sleeveless top to become First Lady Michelle Obama with well-sculpted arms. She then began furiously brushing her hair into an Obama coiffe. Then she turned and pursed her lips, depicting a typical FLOTUS facial expression (see picture after the jump).
Christina Davidson, the event’s organizer, took to the stage to congratulate the winners and lobby for next year’s journo comedians. “If you have the balls for this, talk to me,” she said.
Journalists in attendance included Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, her husband, WaPo education reporter Bill Turque, Politics Daily’s Editor Carl Cannon, NYT’s James Risen, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, The Hill’s Susan Crabtree, WTOP’s Bob Madigan and travel writer Carl Hoffman (boyfriend to WaPo’s Bell).
Emcee Matt Cooper keeps audience laughing between performances.
All photographs by Shauna Miller. More after the jump…
Commedia del Media, the charity comedy event at the National Press Club this Thursday night, is shaping up to be hilarious for some, and well, maybe a chance for others to speak their minds.
In his bio, Jamie McIntyre of Military.com, describes his departure from CNN in 2008 on a “network-wide quality reduction initiative.” McIntyre was CNN’s Pentagon correspondent for 16 years.
Ouch. Seems like McIntyre has been saving some pent up angst and pointed insights about his former employer.
CNN declined to comment on personnel matters.
Participating journo comedians will run through a dress rehearsal of their routines tonight in preparation for Thursday’s show.
Details: $15 in advance – $20 at the door. For advance tickets, visit http://press.org/comedy. Doors open at 7 p.m.
For a refresher on the event, check out the flyer after the jump…
Carol Rosenberg, the Miami Herald reporter that was accused of sexually harassing US Navy Commander Jeffrey D. Gordon has been cleared by her paper following an internal investigation into the matter.
Miami Herald Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal said that they “found some inconsistencies in [Gordon's] version of events.”
The Miami Herald claims that they “interviewed military officials and journalists from other news organizations, some of whom saw the incidents cited by Gordon.”
But one has to wonder if Rosenberg was cleared based on the audience or the action.
Jamie McIntyre, a former CNN Pentagon correspondent who was named as a witness, told WaPo’s Howard Kurtz, “I didn’t think there was any sort of sexual abuse, unless you’re telling me a naval officer, a sailor, isn’t used to hearing anatomical references in anger. It sounds like an overreaction on everybody’s part.”
Another witness who was in contact with Miami Herald HR about the matter told FishbowlDC that in response to testimony about the account, was repeatedly asked “is that sexual harassment” and “do you consider that sexual harassment?”
One might assume that the Miami Herald would rely less on opinions, perceptions or individual definitions of “sexual harassment” and more on their own policies.
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