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.
Its not as strange as it seems. During Jacksons 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 doesnt 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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