John Young, president of Jefferson Parish, will headline this year's Gridiron, the annual satirical show put on by the Press Club of New Orleans
The traditional format includes several Weekend Update
-style news briefs read by local TV anchors (Travers Mackel, Rachel Wulff, Randi Rousseau, Katie Moore, Meg Gatto), some stand-up comedy and a roast of the headliner, who gets the last word and a chance to lambaste the press. In previous years, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and City Councilwoman Stacy Head were among the headliners who got the chance to tell off journalists (often by name) in a public forum.
This year's Gridiron will be held Tuesday, April 1, at the Roux House (above Walk-On's
at 1009 Poydras St.). Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40
, which includes one drink and appetizers.
Proceeds benefit the Press Club's scholarship fund, which awards two $2,500 scholarships each year to Louisiana journalism students.