Who are the funniest Members of Congress? All of them, if you think about it long enough and don’t mind the fact that the joke is on us. The real answer is most of them if you just focus on looks. But if you think of it in terms of comedy you come up with a different answer.
In a group that contains the notoriously unfunny Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-Ky.), damn near anything you say can be considered funny. But Businessweek decided to actually look and see if any of the 535 people voting on a regular basis to spend more money than exists in cash form are funny.
So who are these 8 special people who can crack a joke on our dime?
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who made his fortune writing comedy on shows like Saturday Night Live, and has become known on the Hill as…a guy who just isn’t funny at all. He’s trying to be taken seriously, so he acts serious. Someone should tell him it’s much more effective if it’s not an act. But they won’t, because he’s smart enough…you know the rest.
Reps. Linda and Loretta Sanchez (Dems from Calif.). Not sure why they were picked, the article talks about Christmas cards, for which they are known. Funny, not so much. Off the wall? Dead on.
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX). He’s 88 and he’s funny, or so the article says. I don’t know if he is or not, but anyone who lives to 88 can say whatever the hell they want to about themselves.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). OK, he can be funny. And not just when he wears a T-shirt showing off his man-boobs on the House floor. But mostly he can be whiny and annoying. Considering the competition, that qualifies him to host open mic night a the Improv.
Congressman Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Sure, Flake can be funny, but anything funny he says is offset by the fact that you’re blinded by the whiteness of his teeth when he opens his mouth. Like an eclipse, you shouldn’t stare.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). The evidence of his humor? Washingtonian said so and they can help you find your favorite Botox doctor. That’s pretty weak, but the guy is from Kansas so I’ll cut him some slack.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). She can actually be funny, so this one’s good.
But 1 of 8 after only finding 8 of 535 is a sad commentary on the state of humor in our humorous state.