Not many know that Arlen Specter, the longtime Pennsylvania senator who died last week at age 82, was almost as funny as he was moderate, reports The Washington Post.
After losing his Senate seat in 2010, he got downright serious about his comedy, doing gigs in Philadelphia and NYC in the past year, and was scheduled to do another in Philly next month. His material, while not always the freshest, was boosted by his natural comic timing — and his willingness to plug VIP names into jokes. A few highlights from his recent sets:
• “I’ve been in comedy now for 30 years. [Long pause to let audience laugh when they realize he’s talking about the Senate.] The only difference is, it’s not stand-up: We all have comfortable chairs. It costs about 27 million dollars to win a seat — so when you win one, you like to sit down.”
• “Bill Clinton is a friend of mine, because I’m a friend of his: I voted not to impeach him. And that’s a hell of a thing to do considering the evidence.”
Original source: The Washington Post
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