Dave Barry rocks the house at Poynter
Humor columnist for the Miami Herald and author Dave Barry spoke to a sold-out group at Poynter in January. He was interviewed by fellow humor columnist and author Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post. Get this: They’ve both won a Pulitzer Prize. How about that!
Musical interludes during Poynter’s Community Conversation came via the band: Dave Scheiber, Jane Schieber, Barry, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans.
It’s not the first time the some of these musicians have played together. Barry once sat in with the St. Pete Times (now Tampa Bay Times) band “The Fabulous Nosecaps,” performing at a convention for sports writers in the 1990s. Barry returned the favor by asking Roy Peter Clark to sit in with his famous author’s band, “The Rock Bottom Remainders” at the Miami Book Festival in 2011.
“Playing rock and roll with Dave Barry is like fulfilling a dream you never had,” said Clark.
Barry, a humor columnist and one of America’s most versatile writers, has had his work appear in more than 500 newspapers and authored 30 books. In 1988, he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Weingarten’s column, “Below the Beltway,” has appeared weekly in The Washington Post Magazine since 2000. As a feature writer, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in both 2008 and 2010.