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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: 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 ...

Play of the Day: The Sequester and The Oscars

February 26, 2013 Most of the late-night comedy Monday night centered on the 85th Academy Awards, including several shows joking about Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Sunday awards show. Stephen Colbert saw the appearance as a move toward government more intervention and Jay Leno saw an opportunity to bring in Joe Biden. The ...

Play of the Day: Letter Carrier Couture

February 22, 2013 The news that the United States Postal Service is looking to start a clothing line finally made its way to The Late Late Show as host Craig Ferguson devoted much of his monologue to the news. Jay Leno also got in a shot at the post office in his monologue. ...

Play of the Day: Smell Like a Mail Carrier

February 21, 2013 With the news that Mississippi finally ratified the 13th amendment due to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, The Daily Show went back to 19th Century News for the story. On NBC, Jay Leno compared the Senate to a certain famous ex-daytime television show and Jimmy Fallon noted the Chinese hacking attacks on ...

Play of the Day: Golf and Transparency

February 20, 2013 With many hosts coming back from the long weekend, late night was brimming with government and political jokes Tuesday evening. Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson went with easy digs at Congress, while Stephen Colbert came back from the short break with actual footage released by NASA, tying it to the ...