Tonight, Brooke and I are going to an invite-only thingie at the Newseum called “Writers Speak! A Potentially Regrettable Evening With Comedy Writers.”
For non District-dwelling readers, the Newseum is a hot-off-the-presses museum honoring the soon-to-be-extinct industry known as print journalism. That its opening coincides with newspaperdom’s death rattle is what’s known as “black comedy” in the funnybiz.
But let’s not dwell on the depressing stuff — tonight’s event is all about the laffs! Here’s some infos:
Through stand-up comedy routines and a panel discussion, WGAE members will focus on the phenomenon of audiences turning to comedy shows for news, as well as the growing synergy between Washington , Wall Street, the media, and the late night comedy/variety programs.
The stand-up will be about laughs and not about policy, but the message for Washington will be serious. The evening will draw public attention to the role writers play in shaping the national dialogue, as many leading comedy writers ply their stand-up talents and then share their insights in a panel discussion designed to draw the laughs and fuel the conversation of the audience comprised of Congressional and political leaders.
WGAE President Michael Winship, who is also senior writer for Bill Moyers Journal, will moderate the panel discussion. Also taking part in the evening will be: J.R. Havlan (“The Daily Show”), Bill Scheft (“Late Show With David Letterman”), Anthony Jeselnick (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), Matt Goldich (Best Week Ever), Tim Carvell (“The Daily Show” and WGAE Council member), Opus Moreschi (“The Colbert Report”), Tom Ruprecht (“Late Show With David Letterman”) and Allison Abner (“The West Wing”).
Hopefully I’ll pick up a few punchlines to steal and take full credit for.
Next week, I’ll be right back at the Newseum for Free Press’ Changing Media Summit. Which probably won’t be all that funny. But certainly interesting.
As you were.