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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: Obama’s Israel Trip

March 25, 2013 Real Time host Bill Maher spent a lot of his monologue on President Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East. The famously non-religuous Maher took some easy shots at the Holy Land and the state of Florida on his show. On NBC, Jay Leno discovered a new survey about Congress, ...

Play of the Day: George W. Bush the Painter

March 22, 2013 CBS gave its late-night shows a two-day break for the NCAA basketball tournament and the cable late-night shows are on vacation, so NBC and ABC were the only networks running late-night comedy. On NBC, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno had exclusive video of the heckler yelling at President Barack Obama ...

Play of the Day: Everyone’s Got March Madness

March 21, 2013 The NCAA Basketball Tournament begins Thursday, so President Barack Obama filled out his bracket sheet this week before he went to Israel. Both of those topics were key points in late-night TV, with The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno highlighting the Israel trip and the lack of Vice President Joe Biden ...

Play of the Day: The Vatican, Cyprus and Washington

March 20, 2013 Jay Leno was up in arms Tuesday about all things economic. Touching on the Cypriot bailout, Serbian woman Bojana Danilovic’s rare brain condition and various government programs he has deemed wasteful, The Tonight Show host was adamant that the federal government is doing a bad joke managing its finances. Barack ...

Play of the Day: Obama, Satan or Bob Dylan in a Hood?

March 19, 2013 The uproar over an actor’s resemblance to Barack Obama made life easy for late-night comedians Monday night. The man, actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, plays Satan in History Channel’s The Bible miniseries and Twitter was aghast at Ouazanni’s apparent resemblance to Obama. The Tonight Show, The Late Show and Late Night ...

Play of the Day: Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and, of course, Pope Francis

March 18, 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s recent elevation to the papacy remains a key topic for late-night comedians. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno noted Rob Portman’s recent reversal on same-sex marriage, while Real Time’s Bill Maher noted Pope Francis’ stance on the topic, as well. Maher was the only host to joke about ...

Play of the Day: A Washington Conclave?

March 15, 2013 Pope Francis’ election remains the biggest news on late-night TV. Conan O’Brien lauded the pontiff for bringing back a famous American institution, The Late Show’s David Letterman examined his voting block and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon referenced Francis’ early life as a bouncer. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno gave ...

Play of the Day: International Leader Edition

March 14, 2013 What do Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Pope Francis and Hugo Chávez have in common? Of course, they are all former or current leaders of sovereign states and they were all major players in jokes on last night's late-night shows. The man formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio took ...

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 ...