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September 11, 2008
 
       
 

LAST NIGHT’S CELEBRITY STAND-UP


 

Yesterday, eight DC celebs took over the Improv to perform stand-up for a good cause. The Funniest Celebrity in Washington contest allowed some well-known names to show their comedic chops. All proceeds backed VSA arts, a charity helping the disabled.

 

DC has produced comedy greats like Dave Chappelle and Mike Birbiglia, and now you can add Governor Mike Huckabee to the list. Huckabee won first place for his routine. Did he deserve to win? You be the judge.

 

Politico’s James Kotecki and fiancé Emily Freifeld loosen up before his set. He brought down the house with a rap roasting fellow competitors, earning him 2nd place: not bad for a last minute addition. Here’s his bit.

 

In the green room, we found host (and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist) Clarence Page with The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston. Check out Baratunde’s live-twitters from behind the stage.

 

Motion Picture Association chief Dan Glickman riffed on everything from sex to piracy and what would happen if George Bush led the MPAA. His thoughts on being the first Jewish Secretary of Agriculture? Like being a “pimp for the pork industry.”

 

You could say Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr is the Seinfeld of free market economics. Or maybe Drew Carey, given his thick-rimmed specs. Either way, he pulled no punches. “What’s the difference between a bulldog and a hockey mom?” he asked. “The bulldog is vetted.”

 

Gov. Mike Huckabee is a huge fan of The Scene and finally fulfilled his dream of appearing in it. Although the former Baptist pastor refrains from alcohol, he begged the audience to order another round. “The jokes are funnier when you’re smashed.” Should’ve used that tactic in New Hampshire.

 
 
 
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