Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Comedy Club Owner Looking For Funniest Reporter In America

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – How’s this for a laugh: The man who introduced Michael Jackson to the boy who accused him of molestation earlier this year is now looking for the funniest reporter in America.

Jamie Masada – who owns the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles in New York – is now looking for jocular journalists, witty writers and amusing anchormen willing to attempt stand-up comedy onstage for the coveted honor.

It’s not as strange as it seems. During Jackson’s trial, Masada met a lot of journalists who are serious when reporting the news but real cut-ups off camera, including Diane Sawyer, Leslie Stahl and Matt Lauer, who likes to keep up on the latest jokes.

The first contest takes place in New York on Jan. 12 and any on-air talent, TV, radio or print reporters currently employed at a TV station, radio station or newspaper in the United States is eligible. All proceeds will go to charity.

Masada doesn’t know if Sawyer, Stahl and Lauer will enter, but he warns all potential candidates that cracking jokes on stage is harder than it looks.

In his words, “I knew a newspaper columnist who was real funny on paper but when he tried to tell them to an audience he froze and peed his pants on stage.”

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