Say hello to Alexandra Petri. She writes WaPo‘s humor ComPost blog, a gig she has had since graduating from Harvard in 2010.
While in Cambridge, Petri wrote a regular column for the Harvard Crimson for three years and co-wrote two musicals for the school’s theatrical society. She was also president of the Stand-Up Comic Society, which explains her affinity for silly.
After graduating in 2010, she interned for a second time at WaPo, thinking that after it was over, she’d head to Oxford and study Renaissance poetry (she’s aware this sounds like a great idea in this economy). But while interning, she got a chance to write humor, which her editors noticed gained a following. Lo and behold, they offered her a job.
She says she’s “living the dream.”
If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be?
Iced coffee that has been somehow carbonated.
How often do you Google yourself?
Only when I’m awake. All joking aside, you know this is a serious problem because one year it was what I gave up for Lent.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?
I was always having these awkward moments when the executive editor would walk past just as I was returning a read newspaper to the rack at Caribou Coffee without paying for it. I’m not sure that counts as saying anything, but my awkward scuttle away and his bemused expression both spoke volumes.
Who is your favorite working journalist and why?
Working? As opposed to malfunctioning? I hope you ask about my favorite malfunctioning journalist next! I have lots of those!
I love Gene Weingarten‘s feature writing with the passion of a thousand suns.
[Strangely, FishbowlDC's Peter Ogburn is crouched in a corner screaming from this answer.]
Find out about Petri’s favorite word (it’s a real gas) and the extended New Years Resolution she once had after the jump… Read more