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Former Sen. Arlen Specter Tries His Hand at Stand-Up Comedy

Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 01:47 PM

By James Hirsen

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Arlen Specter certainly has had a unique career.

The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania once served as an assistant counsel for the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Specter served under the Republican label from 1965 until he switched to the Democratic Party in 2009.

After suffering an election defeat in the Democratic primary in May of 2010, Specter apparently needed something other than politics to occupy his time.

It appears as though the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee may have found a new calling. While at an open-mic night on Tuesday at a comedy club in Philadelphia, Specter tried his hand at stand-up. He launched some comic barbs at his former political colleagues during his performance at the Helium Comedy Club.

As is the norm in today’s digitized culture, Specter’s routine was promptly captured on video and posted on the web by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Specter jested about former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, quipping, “I saw him on the street the other day, and he said, ‘Arlen, it’s a great thing being a man about town. I have sex almost every night. I almost have sex on Monday, I almost have sex on Tuesday, I almost have sex on Wednesday…”

Specter tossed another joke out at the expense of former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, saying, “I saw him on the street the other day, and he said, ‘Arlen, it’s a great thing being a man about town. I have sex almost every night. I almost have sex on Monday, I almost have sex on Tuesday, I almost have sex on Wednesday…”

The eighty-one-year old former pol pointed out the distinction between stand-up and his old profession.

“I’ve been in comedy now for 30 years,” Specter cracked, adding that “the only difference is that it’s not stand-up. We all have comfortable chairs. It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.”


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