Dan Nainan, if you're not already familiar, is a self-described "100 percent clean" comedian who apparently has something of a temper. Performing at the DC Improv Wednesday night (along with Candy Crowley, Grover Norquist, and Ralph Nader), Nainan reportedly took offense to some less-than-flattering tweets by Newsbeast writer Josh Rogin, and according to Rogin and at least one other witness, settled it in the style of very few Twitter fights: by punching Rogin repeatedly in the face. This ended with police arresting Nainan, at least according to Rogin. In the absence of a comprehensive narrative of the evening (we've reached out to Rogin and Nainan for comment but have yet to hear from either), the tweets tell the tale.
Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad GWB impression. #DCImprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians cant distinguish between letters "L" and "R". Election, erection, we get it. #DCImprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Dan Nainan just punched me in the face. Not a joke.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
We are calling the police on Dan Nainan who just punched me twice in front of several witnesses. #dcimprov— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
DC improv night: pic.twitter.com/5KflNJZe86— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) September 26, 2013
DC police arrested Dan Nainan for assaulting me.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Thanks for all the support tweeps. Physically I am fine. Just not used to getting attacked for tweets.— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2013
Update: A bit more substantive reporting comes from U.S. News's Washington Whispers, whose writer Nikki Schwab was on hand. Apparently Nainan found Rogin in the audience after his set.
Nainan then approached Rogin, who was sitting at the back of the DC Improv comedy club and punched him.
"Dan Nainan comes over to me and says, 'Are you Josh Rogin,' and I said yes and then he punched me in the jaw, then he pushed me, then he walked away and about 10 seconds later he came over and punched me again," Rogin told Whispers directly after the fight.