Weeks after Louis C.K. pulled out of his gig to perform at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner on June 8 in Washington D.C, event organizers have announced that family-friendly Wayne Brady (he, of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame) will replace the R-rated comedian, describing Brady as “one of the most versatile performers in show business today” in a press release announcing the news.
Last month Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren told her blog readers that she would not attend the RTCA dinner and called for others to ban the event because, in part, C.K. “denigrates all women.” You can read my thoughts on that, here. C.K. quit the gig soon after, later explaining that the controversy just wasn’t worth his time.
“This is an evening you’ll want to experience,” says RTCA Chair Jay McMichael. “We’re shaking things up, showcasing the unexpected, and delivering lots of laughs.” Um, you’re not shaking anything up, Jay. But, really– who gives a shit? This is a fancy, black-tie dinner organized so that politicians and the supposed unbiased journalists who cover them all year can sit down together and eat over-priced meat and get drunk. Have fun.