Sen. Scott Brown found himself in some deep water recently when he made a casual joke about his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren not taking her clothes off to pay for school.
He got a chance to redeem himself at Wednesday night's "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" where he was asked, along with a handful of other politicos and national news media types, to perform stand-up comedy. Brown declined to do a whole routine, but did offer up the ceremonial opening joke.
Before he did his thing we spotted him drinking a Bud Light. We asked if he was nervous. He said he wasn't. And actually, the joke wasn't bad.
The set up: While boarding a plane back home from D.C to Boston last week, he helped an elderly woman stow her luggage away. She thanked him and asked if he was "that handsome politician from Massachusetts." Scott replied, "It's nice to meet you, ma'am." She said, "It's nice to meet you too, Gov. Romney."
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) also performed. Before taking the stage, he told THE BLAZE that "everything will be fine" because "when you're standing in front of a bunch of soldiers that are cold, wet and hungry and mad at you for some odd reason, there were a few times I've had to tell a few jokes." (West served in the Army for more than 20 years.) He added that his two daughters called him and warned him not to embarrass them.
Most of his routine made fun of being a black conservative in Washington. He said it feels like "being on National Geographic."
A couple other noteworthy performers and their best joke:
President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist: "When midgets play miniature golf, do they know?"
Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.): "Pepper spray is 'essentially' a food product like Rick Santorum is 'essentially' a presidential candidate."
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.): He called the GOP primary "The Gong Show."
"Funniest Celebrity in Washington" is hosted each year to benefit "Susan G. Komen for the Cure," which donates money to breast cancer research.