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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Pope Voting and Drones

March 13, 2013 With the first votes of the conclave producing no new pope, late-night comedians used the opportunity to talk about voting. On NBC, Jimmy Fallon brought back the 2000 voting and on CBS, David Letterman had a joke about the swing state of Ohio. Because they were on vacation last week, ...

Play of the Day: All Around the World

March 12, 2013 David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon all came back from vacation Monday, but all three also had the rest of the world on their minds. Getting in jokes he missed from last week, Letterman had commentary on North Korea’s newest threats, the TSA’s looser restrictions and Barack Obama’s brother’s ...

Play of the Day: Rand’s Very Long Stand

March 8, 2013 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ended his nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday, which gave Thursday late-night shows a change to examine it. The Daily Show highlighted Paul’s refueling technique, while Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert looked at the reason Paul was utilizing the filibuster: The Obama Administration’s use of drones. North Korea’s ...

Play of the Day: Snowquester Passes, but Sequester Remains

March 7, 2013 The clever name for the storm that (kind of) hit the Washington region Wednesday made some waves on late-night TV, with Conan O’Brien taking the opportunity to mention that Congress hasn’t gotten anything done lately. On The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert highlighted the use of portmanteaus like “Snowquester.” On ...

Play of the Day: Mr. Obama Goes to Israel (In the Spring)

March 6, 2013 The prospect of Barack Obama making his first trip to Israel in the spring is big news and Stephen Colbert took the opportunity to mine Jewish-themed humor on his show on the occasion. The Hebrew language, falafel and Chanukah gelt all got time on Tuesday’s Colbert Report. Craig Ferguson spent ...

Play of the Day: The Sequester and the Worm

March 5, 2013 With three late-night shows -- The Tonight Show, Late Night and The Late Show -- on vacation this week, the jokes were fewer, but no less hilarious and on-point. Comedy Central’s shows were not on the air Friday to welcome the sequestration, so both shows did so Monday night with ...

Play of the Day: The Sequester is Here. Now What?

March 4, 2013 With the sequester officially going into effect Friday evening, Saturday Night Live brought out Jay Pharoah’s impression of Barack Obama for its cold open. The segment gave the show the ability to bring out "federal workers" of all stripes, including National Zoo staff and the ever-present USDA meat inspector. Later ...

Play of the Day: All Sequester, All the Time

March 1, 2013 With March 1 being the official sequester day for the United States, late-night hosts spent a great deal of time on the deadline, Congress and jokes that involve them. On NBC, Tonight Show host Jay Leno had his graphics team put together an “ad campaign” against the sequester that brought ...

Play of the Day: Sequester Fever... Catch It!

February 28, 2013 With the sequestration deadline nearing closer and closer, late-night hosts tried to explain the budget cuts and the affects it will have on Americans. The Tonight Show’s graphics team put together a musical version of the sequestration negotiations and host Jay Leno used the opportunity to get another Carnival Cruise ...

Play of the Day: Think Locally, Bomb Globally

February 27, 2013 With more information coming out about the Obama administration’s use of drones, Stephen Colbert took to his show to examine the implications of the program. Colbert took to task those against the program calling them “the same spoilsports who eventually ruined the Iraq war.” On NBC, Jay Leno had more ...