A stand-up comedian who was supposed to be anchoring the scene at the 19th annual “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest ended up leaving the event in handcuffs because he couldn’t take someone making wisecracks about his routine. Comic Dan Nainan got upset after Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin started ripping his jokes on Twitter. Nainan ended up punching Rogin in the face and left the Improv in Washington, D.C., in police custody.
“It was one of the most bizarre episodes I've seen in my 34 years in the comedy world,” event organizer Richard Siegel said. “He and I were supposed to do a skit together, with us doing six presidents. But I couldn't put him on stage after that.”
Here are a few of Rogin’s tweets:
“Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 [Hurricane] Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad GWB [George W. Bush] impression,” he wrote.
Nainan then apparently made “'his umpteenth joke about how Asians can’t distinguish between letters ‘L’ and ‘R.’ Election, erection, we get it.”
Eleven minutes later, Rogin wrote, “Dan Nainan just punched me in the face. Not a joke.”
The veteran comedian seemed relatively unfazed by the incident. “Hey there,” Nainan wrote in email to the Daily Mail. “[B]een up for hours reading all the tweets, and all the stories… Amazing!”
Rogin offered his explanation about what happened.
“Dan Nainan comes over to me and says, ‘Are you Josh Rogin?’ and I said yes,” he said. “And then he punched me in the jaw, then he pushed me, then he walked away and about 10 seconds later he came over and punched me again. At that point I yelled, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ Other people noticed and they courted him off, and the bouncers escorted him from the show room, and we called the police and he’s in the process of being arrested.”
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist ended up winning the competition, The Daily Mail reported.