Former Today co-anchor Ann Curry is reportedly planning to take part on the 7th Annual Funniest Reporter competition in New York. (Photo : Reuters)
Comedy jokes usually stem from instances in real life, and that may be the case for former Today co-anchor Ann Curry.
Reports are circulating that Curry will be participating in this year's New York's Funniest Reporter competition.
Contest co-creator Ryan McCormick told The New York Post, "Since 2006, we've approached Ann every year and...she hasn't been able to make it. However, this was the first year they reached out to us and asked a bunch of questions about the show."
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McCormick has worked with Curry before as the journalist was preparing to do a stand-up performance at the comedy club Caroline's in 2009.
"Collectively, everyone gave her a crash course in stand-up comedy and, when the test came, she aced it," said McCormick. "Ann gave an incredible performance with lots of energy and passion and she was an absolute natural. People were laughing so hard Ann could easily tour as a professional comedian if she wanted to."
If Curry does decide to get on stage, NBC might have to worry. Material for Curry's act is unknown but one would expect it would include the recent events occurring on Today, from the slip in ratings, tension with Matt Lauer, and her new position with the network.
According to Nielson Company's ratings, Today continues to lose the morning show ratings war with ABC's Good Morning America, by 357, 000 viewers. The number is currently the largest lead for Good Morning America in over 17 years, and extends its reign as top morning show for three consecutive weeks.
Curry's replacement Savannah Guthrie, only a few weeks into the co-anchor position, still hasn't met NBC ratings expectations.
The seventh annual comedy show takes place Sept. 27 at the Comic Strip Live Comedy Club. Competitors will have only five minutes to perform their stand up act and will each have a professional comedian serving as a mentor to prepare for the occasion.
Last year's winner was Marlaina Schiavo, a producer for HLN's Nancy Grace, winning over Fox Business' Adam Shapiro, HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Greg Mocker of WPIX, to name a few.
Rumored participants for the upcoming Funniest Reporter competition included Fox News' Steve Doocy, radio personality Robin Quivers, and Rush Limbaugh.