Josh Rogin, a Newsweek Daily Beast correspondent, already was having a bad time watching Dan Nainan do stand-up on Wednesday. And then, reportedly, Nainan made things worse by punching the journalist. In the face. Rogin was livetweeting the "Funniest Celebrity in DC" at the DC Improv, where Nainan was the headliner. The journalist made a few cracks at the comedian's expense, and then things only got worse when Nainan somehow got wind of those tweets, it seems. Here are the tweets in question:
Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad GWB impression. #DCImprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians cant distinguish between letters "L" and "R". Election, erection, we get it. #DCImprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
And Rogin's very next tweet after the above pair of twitter crits:
Dan Nainan just punched me in the face. Not a joke.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
We are calling the police on Dan Nainan who just punched me twice in front of several witnesses. #dcimprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
There were witnesses:
DC improv night: pic.twitter.com/5KflNJZe86— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) September 26, 2013
According to Rogin, the comedian was arrested.
DC police arrested Dan Nainan for assaulting me.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Nainan also appears to be the D.C. journalism world's least-favorite comedian at the moment:
I can't believe no one punched Dan Nainan during his act http://t.co/IvGgB5I8Gd— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) September 26, 2013
Dan Nainan very obviously wrote his own wikipedia page http://t.co/khiqCrshiT— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) September 26, 2013
I have no idea who Dan Nainan is, but if he laid a hand on @joshrogin his life is forfeit.— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) September 26, 2013
just watched 30 seconds of a Dan Nainan bit and it was so unfunny i couldn't sit through the rest— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) September 26, 2013
Nainan tweeted this at 1:07 a.m. Thursday morning.
Had a blast headlining the DC improv!— Dan Nainan (@comediandan) September 26, 2013
He then checked into his hotel on Foursquare.
Nainan, according the New York Times, bought a ton of fake Twitter followers (nearly 220,000 of them) a couple of years ago to raise his profile. Also, here's a video of a whole bunch of people, including Barack Obama, saying they like Nainan:
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