Humor Chief: Which is funniest?
Compiled by Manuel Roig-Franzia
By day, Sean O'Brien muddles through weighty legislative matters as chief of staff to Illinois Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley. By night, O'Brien satirizes Capitol Hill in a one-man improv show populated by five stock Washington characters: a lobbyist, a Hill staffer, a tea partier, a bartender and a disabled veteran who drives the Capitol subway train.
Which of his shticks do you think is funniest?
Please click on each character's name to see a video from O'Brien's performance. Some videos do contain foul language.
Bob reads issues of Congress Daily to his baby daughter as bedtime stories. "Barney Frank is her favorite character. I try to tell her he's a socialist." When he says goodnight, he coos "Daddy's got to go out and fight government regulation." Favorite? Vote!
Howard suspects President Obama is actually British and considers himself a citizen journalist because he forwards a lot of e-mails. He likes to invite fellow bar flies to tea parties. "Each one is different. They're like Grateful Dead concerts." Favorite? Vote!
Roy crows that he is "a senior legislative correspondent." Translation: he answers the phones. He gets a shiver down his spine at every motion to recommit, drinks sugar-free Red Bull vodkas and strikes out with hot Republican chicks at Hawk 'n Dove. Favorite? Vote!
The bartender wonders if "there's anybody around here not thinking about work." He's a Guinness man. Cocktails, he thinks, are strictly for "fancy pants." Favorite? Vote!
Roy calls the Capitol subway his "little convertible." He thinks D.C. is starting to look like a "Bennetton ad." "Walk through Chinatown now, you don't get knifed." Favorite? Vote!
July 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
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