Tips From Humorist Dave Barry
Scholastic Student Reporter
SN: Why are you covering this event?
Dave Barry: I'm a big hockey fan.
SN: Really? I'm a big hockey fan, too!
Dave Barry: Actually, I'm not. I'm covering the New Hampshire primaries and I'm not sure why we're here at a hockey event, but apparently it has something to do with the New Hampshire campaign.
SN: Do you have any advice for me on being a reporter?
Dave Barry: Start early and work for your school paper. Get as much experience actually doing stuff as you can. Read a lot of newspapers and uh, always wear a red shirt. That's very important. (Scholastic News Student Reporters wear red shirts to events. Remember, Barry is a humorist.)
SN: What's the most fun event you've ever been to in your career?
Dave Barry: The Olympics. I go to them every four years. Those are fun. I'd say that's the best. These are pretty fun too, events like this.
SN: Have you covered other political races too?
Dave Barry: Yeah, I've been here [New Hampshire] every year since 1984.
SN: What's the most interesting election you've covered?
Dave Barry: Probably Clinton/Bush in 1992, because there was so much going on.
SN: How is it coming to a cold climate after you've been in Miami?
Dave Barry: It takes four years to warm up and then I'm back here again!
SN: How do you find humor in politics?
Dave Barry: How do you not find humor in politics? I don't understand how anybody finds anything serious in politics.
SN: Anything you would tell kids?
Dave Barry: You'll find out soon enough. The key to humor is, say what actually happens and people think it's funny.
SN: Is there a lot of pressure to be funny?
Dave Barry: I'm not a standup comic. There can be pressure if people don't know me, but they get over it.