Josh Rogin. (Photo: Twitter/@joshrogin)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Being snarky can get you punched. And punching can get you arrested.
That's what Daily Beast correspondent Josh Rogin found out on Wednesday night at Washington's Improv, a Dupont Circle comedy club where comedian Dan Nainan, a stand-up comic who has toured with Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling, was doing his act.
Rogin, who was live tweeting the event and had earlier mentioned that CNN's Candy Crowley was "bombing," sent out several tweets during Nainan's set criticizing his jokes.
"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.
Minutes later, Nainan approached the writer at his table in the back, reports The Washington Post. According to Rogin, Nainan said, "'Are you Josh Rogin?' I said 'yes,' and he punched me in the jaw."
Rogin added, "DC police arrested Dan Nainan for assaulting me."
He later assured followers: "Thanks for all the support tweeps. Physically I am fine. Just not used to getting attacked for tweets."
Nainan hasn't commented on the incident, but did tweet in the wee hours: "Had a blast headlining the DC Improv!"