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Thursday, January 6, 2011

C.W. Nevius Hit with Pie at Chris Daly Roast

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

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While Supervisor Chris Daly was left with a little figurative egg on his face following some of his more off-color comments at his farewell roast last night, roaster C.W. Nevius was left with literal chunks of pie trickling down his suit jacket.

After stepping off the stage, the Chronicle columnist was confronted by an unidentified short woman wielding an aluminum pie plate heaped with white cream. Nevius saw the pie attack coming, and grabbed the woman's hand as she tossed the projectile, causing it to merely glance off his shoulder.

"It was a progressive pie, so it went way left," said Nevius.

"Sidewalks are for People" activist Andy Blue picked up the misfired pie, but Nevius put a hand on him and said "That's enough, Andy." No more items were tossed, save the ice and tomatoes hurled Daly's way later in the show.

Blue told SF Weekly he knows the identity of the attacker, but would not divulge it. He also would not reveal whether he helped orchestrate the pie-tossing. Blue, who clashed with Nevius regarding the recently passed sit-lie ordinance, called the columnist a "bully," and said he "deserves a pie. ... I give C.W. props for ducking the pie that was his due the way G.W. ducked the shoe that was his due."

Nevius, meanwhile, said that he was unnerved by the intense look on his attacker's visage. "She was mad! The idea of a pie in the face is fun -- crazy, goofy fun. But she was pissed, and when she missed, she was really mad," he said.

A number of audience members booed the pie attack and expressed embarrassment that Nevius was heckled throughout his roast. Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin walked off the dais to talk with Nevius, while Daly waved both arms from on-stage indicating he had no connection with the pie attack.

Nevius noted that, while he disagrees with Daly politically, he likes him personally. "He's a hell of a guy to have a beer with. He knows college basketball backwards and forwards. It's no blood feud."

Sadly, it isn't even a pie feud. The projectile that struck Nevius was actually just a large mound of shaving cream.

"The least they could do is a good banana cream," said the columnist.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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