HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Congressional Chuckles

By Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton, Roll Call

The funniest celebrity in Washington doesn’t hail from Congress (at least according to the charity competition last night at the DC Improv), but the legislative branch did put in a respectable effort.Although White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took the title, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) were among the performers.

A few Congressional highlights: Larsen proved to be funnier than most (who knew?), getting laughs with an edgy line at the expense of his fellow Members. He noted that a colleague who voted against the resolution rebuking Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for heckling President Barack Obama during a joint address to Congress did so because “he wanted to preserve the right to call the next Republican president a ‘dumbs—.’” And his aim extended to the Senate, with this insider-y joke: Larsen noted that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) (who is set to retire) said he was surprised that Obama had said his health care plan wouldn’t raise taxes.

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