Comedy and Congress rarely go together, at least intentionally. But contrary to conventional thought, it is still possible for lawmakers to have a sense of humor — sort of.
Of the 435 members of the House, Jeff Nussbaum, a partner at West Wing Writers and founder of The Humor Cabinet, was able to name eight funny guys (and gals). That’s 2 percent. Which happens to be pretty close to Congress’ job-approval rating.
Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of Congress, was one of them, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
Nussbaum, who has been behind the jokes of several of Washington’s biggest names, said the 88-year old congressman from Rockwall is one of the House’s funniest largely because of his age.
“With age comes wisdom, and also the license to say exactly what you’re thinking at any given time,” he said. “That’s the root of Ralph Hall’s humor.”
In March, Hall got a few laughs from Mitt Romney when he said, “I never met a Mormon I didn’t like,” especially the teetotalers who “give me those airplane bottles of booze when we’re on a flight.”
Also included on Nussbaum’s list are Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
That’s five men and three women — which means that 1 percent of the men in Congress have a sense of humor.
Is that news?