Reporting Hadas Kuznits
By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Senator Arlen Specter is adding a new job to his resume: comedian. Specter performed at Helium Comedy Club in Center City on Tuesday night.
Patrons at Helium Comedy Club got a performance by someone they didn’t expect Tuesday night — Arlen Specter.
“When Congress tells a joke, it becomes a law, and whenever Congress passes a law, it turns out to be a joke.”
The former Senator says he simply pulled the material from his political experience:
“From politics to comedy, there’s a lot of politics in comedy. I’ve been in the Senate for 30 years; I’ve done a lot of comedy in that time on the Senate floor.”
He made jokes about his peers:
“Well, they’re always interesting. Sometimes you embellish a little, but people like to hear about Bill Clinton and Herman Cain and Ed Rendell and Governor Christie.”
Fellow comedian Blake Wexler, who took the stage after Specter, says the senator exceeded his expectations:
“He knew some of the tricks of stand up, he had some word reversal and turn phrase and stuff, so he’s been coached like he knows what he’s doing — it was very bizarre.”