The RSVP has been so heavy that WGA East had to open a new room. Expected attendees are politicos from Capitol Hill, The White House, press legends, DC glitteratti, all apparently eager to hear an honest and hopefully raucous take on the mash-up of news and entertainment from Guild writers (comedy, drama, and news). The event will also be live-streamed and available for web viewing.

Writers Speak!
A Potentially Regrettable Evening With Comedy Writers

The Comedy Behind the News
– And, More Often, the News Behind the Comedy

Comedy writers from some of the top late night shows will perform stand-up and then talk about the phenomenon of audiences turning to comedy/variety for news as well as the growing synergy between Washington, Wall Street, the media and late night comedy/variety programs. The evening will draw attention to the role writers play in shaping the national dialogue, as leading comedy writers ply their stand-up talents and then share their insights in a panel discussion aimed at drawing the laughs and fueling the conversation of the audience of Congressional and political leaders.

WHERE: The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:30 PM

Writers/Comics/Panelists include:
J.R. Havlan (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart)
Bill Scheft (Late Show With David Letterman)
Anthony Jeselnick (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)
Matt Goldich (Best Week Ever)
Tim Carvell (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart)
Opus Moreschi (The Colbert Report)
Tom Ruprecht (Late Show With David Letterman)
Allison Abner (The West Wing)

Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East, (Bill Moyers Journal) will moderate the panel.