Washington, D.C., police arrested comedian Dan Nainan Wednesday night after a contest to find the “Funniest Celebrity” in D.C. went horribly wrong. Nainan reportedly punched Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin, who had criticized his act on Twitter.
“Bouncers separated the two, and both men met police in the lobby,” The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports. “Officers confirmed to our colleague Patricia Sullivan late Wednesday that they made an arrest at the scene for simple assault but could not release the name of the suspect until paperwork is complete.”
Nainan is a professional comedian and a former Intel engineer. By one account, he’s a frugal millionaire. As The Huffington Post pointed out, Nainan was the subject of a New York Times story about people who buy Twitter followers.
Dan Nainan just punched me in the face. Not a joke.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
National Journal reporter (and comedian) Elahe Izadi said on Twitter she saw the purported assault.
— Elahe Izadi (@ElaheIzadi) September 26, 2013
The Post couldn’t get a response from Nainan, but he tweeted this early Thursday:
Had a blast headlining the DC improv!
— Dan Nainan (@comediandan) September 26, 2013