Comedian Arrested After Punching Journalist Josh Rogin at D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity Competition

Comedian Dan Nainan arrested at D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity contest.

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Comedian Dan Rainan was arrested for punching Newsweek journalist Josh Rogin at the D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

This year’s D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest may go down as the most memorable and not for what was going on onstage. Comedy headliner Dan Nainan -- a professional comedian who in the past has performed for President Obama -- got into a skirmish with Newsweek Daily Beast Correspondent Josh Rogin. Rogin sent out several Tweets during Nainan’s set. “Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad [George W. Bush] impression,” Rogin wrote. “Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians [can’t] distinguish between letters ‘L’ and ‘R.’ Election, erection we get it,” Rogin added.

Nainan then approached Rogin, who was sitting at the back of the DC Improv comedy club and punched him.

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“Dan Nainan comes over to me and says, ‘Are you Josh Rogin,’ and I said yes 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,” Rogin told Whispers directly after the fight. (Whispers was also an eyewitness to the incident.) “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,” Rogin continued.

Nainan was unavailable for comment about what provoked the incident, as he was being led out of the venue by D.C. Police in handcuffs.

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