The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein was crowned the champion of this year’s “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” at D.C Improv Wednesday night. The event, which raises money for breast cancer research, is in its 18th year.
“I mentioned in my act that being the funniest celebrity in Washington is kind of like being the fattest peasant in Zimbabwe — or the most conservative reporter at Politico,” Weinstein told FishbowlDC. “But after having won, I explained to the crowd that I had changed my view. I now view it like being the best chess player in a room with just one other person — but that person is Gary Kasparov. Seriously, it is certainly a thrill. It was a great event for a great cause. I look forward to defending my title next year.”
Sen. Scott Brown gave the ceremonial opening joke (about being confused for “the handsome politician from Massachusetts” Mitt Romney). He said he was asked to do a whole set but declined because of how he might be portrayed in the news. Of course, he did catch a little heat for saying “Thank God” in regards to his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren not taking off her clothes to pay for school.
Clarence Page of The Chicago Tribune and Al Jazeera English‘s John Hendren also performed along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Hendren’s set was oddly full of self-referential male genitalia jokes.
Others who gave stand-up a try: Lawyer/lobbyist and former special counsel to President Clinton Lanny Davis, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), 2010’s GOP nominee for governor of Maryland Brian Murphy, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist.
Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson, Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and former FNC anchor Brian Wilson all served as judges in the competition. This is Schwab’s second year as a judge. Chef Geoff Tracy, Baltimore Laugh Factory owner Matt Weber and Michael Torbert of the Hogettes joined them on the panel.
Blind item from the night: Before he took the stage, we overheard one of the journos say, “I’m going to have two [beers] and then cut myself off because otherwise you get stupid.”
Also, we spotted our favorite Washington power publicist Wendy Gordon (of Wendy Wednesday fame, see above right) posing with the Hogette.