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In-Person Event: Gridiron Show, Sunday Reprise

  • 04/03/2022
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Potomac Ballroom, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

***We are back after a two-year hiatus***

Get ready for some much-needed comic relief! We are offering you an opportunity to experience an iconic Washington event – the annual Gridiron Show. The performance that merges political satire with your favorite tunes, performed by the nation’s top political journalists, has been a Washington tradition since 1885! 

The Gridiron Club and Foundation skewers Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists at a white-tie dinner on Saturday night with satire and songs. The next day, the club puts on another performance – known as the Gridiron Sunday reprise - for friends, family and select groups. 

A reception, which includes an open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks, begins at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. The program will end by 5 p.m. Dress is business casual.

You will see well-known Gridiron members -- who might include Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Jonathan Karl of ABC News, Andrea Mitchell of NBC and Judy Woodruff of PBS -- performing songs and skits in costume. 

We expect USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page to relay highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

COVID RESTRICTIONS: You must show your vaccination card and a matching ID to enter the reception and show. We are selling fewer tickets this year to allow for a bit more spacing between seats. All guests must wear masks while watching the show. Feel free to skip the reception area, where people will be drinking beverages, and go straight to the ballroom where masks are required. We ask that you please stay home if you are experiencing any virus symptoms.

Tickets are $70 each.

  • Tickets can be ordered online through EventBrite for an extra fee of $5.89 per ticket at:
  • Or you can order tickets for $70 each by mailing checks made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to: Lisa Zagaroli, 5003 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20008.  Your order with full payment must be received by Monday, March 21, 2022. Contact her for an order form at Note that depending on your tax situation, about $52 of the cost is tax deductible because the Gridiron Club and Foundation is a charitable organization.
  • Your tickets will be mailed to you at the address you provide by March 28, 2022. 

If you have questions, please contact Gridiron Sunday Committee Co-Chair Lisa Zagaroli at

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