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Not only that, it was delivered by a White House speechwriter.
Sparked by an impeccable impersonation of Arianna Huffington, White House speechwriter Jon Lovett took home the top honors at Washington’s annual “Funniest Celebrity” competition Thursday night.
“Sarah Palin as the next president of the United States?” asked Lovett. “I’m kidding, of course. I just think it’s going to be close.” With laughter still ringing throughout DC Improv, Lovett coughed up, “I’m going to be fired.”
His routine — ahem — touched on the recent controversy over Transportation Security Administration searches, and he joked that “Virgin Airlines had to change their name to ‘Technically Still a Virgin’ Airlines.”
“Everybody in Washington has been talking about the TSA,” said Lovett. “TSA has been kind of a big story lately. A lot of people tonight have made some jokes about the TSA; I am, too. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about, you know. First of all, these things are designed to keep us safe. Second of all, it’s giving a way for, you know, defrocked priests to get their lives back together, give back to the community, lend a … well, not lend a hand, but you know.”
Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) took second place, buoyed by a tough critique of his own party. Noting the number of White House staffers in the crowd, Larsen said, “No one’s at the White House tonight — but how is that different than the last two years?”
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