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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, 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 ...

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 ...