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November 27, 2015

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October 19, 2015

Tim Young Abuzz About NPC Spelling Bee

Conservative comic Tim Young is not planning to mince words Wednesday during the National Press Club’s “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee.

“Oh, I’m roasting,” Young assured HOH, mapping out plans to poke fun at the assembled pols, the perplexing speaker’s race and, of course, the glut of begging-to-be-satirized presidential contenders. Full story

October 5, 2015

John McCain to Match Wits With the Real Stephen Colbert

Arizona Republican John McCain is scheduled Monday to swing by the new Late Show to have some laughs with former faux-conservative firebrand Stephen Colbert.

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September 22, 2015

The Dangers of Hosting the Pontiff Post-Labor Day

As the members of absurdist comedy ensemble The State once brilliantly illustrated, getting all gussied up to greet His Holiness can prove to be damn treacherous. Full story

September 18, 2015

Improv Troupe Aims to Milk Political Dysfunction for Laughs

The Theater of Public Policy is bringing its civic-minded brand of comedy to the District for an extended stay during which the performers look forward to having their way with all three branches of government.

“This is not just a show for policy wonks. It’s a gateway for policy newbies,” co-creator and director Tane Danger declares in a promotional video about the group.

The Theater of Public Policy from Kevin McKeever on Vimeo.

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June 18, 2015

Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

June 16, 2015

Roll Call Has Always Made Room for Fun Stuff


The original HOH logo. (CQ Roll Call Archives)

The history books show that the Heard on the Hill column we all know (and love?) officially came into existence on Jan. 17, 1988.

But thumbing through 60-some years of Roll Call’s brand of reporting illustrates that founder Sid Yudain always appreciated the quirky side of Hill life. Full story

May 22, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Capitol Police ‘Potty Training’

The SNAFU over their lost guns has launched Capitol Police into the ultimate pop-culture orbit: Being the butt of a late-night TV joke. After Chief Kim C. Dine told Congress officers would now undergo special training on weapons handling, Jimmy Kimmel panned the department’s “potty training” with a mock instructional video, “So You Want to Use the Bathroom While Carrying a Firearm.” Full story

May 15, 2015

Schumer Family Ties Blanket the Airwaves

Turns out Sen. Charles E. Schumer can score airtime without even having to beeline for the next available live shot.

The New York Democrat has popped up on the boob tube twice over the past week — not because of his party’s break with the White House over trade promotion authority, but as a consequence of folks attempting to get deep with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer. Full story

May 7, 2015

The Onion Elevates Axl Rose to Political Powerhouse

The Onion has uncovered the real reason our political system has devolved into such a dumpster fire: heavy metal.



In its latest deep-dive into electoral issues, the satirical news site attempts to peel back the curtain on shadowy Super PACs and makes some alarming discoveries. Full story

April 27, 2015

Doug Hecox Lives to Lampoon Politicians

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

(Courtesy Traci Medlock)

Perhaps the most important thing recovering Hill staffer Doug Hecox took away from his time in the legislative branch was an abiding appreciation for intentionally funny stuff.

“It’s a sitcom with very bad actors. And a really bad script,” the veteran stand-up told HOH about the sorry state of congressional affairs.“Everybody takes themselves entirely too seriously.” Full story

April 14, 2015

Lawmaker’s One Elevator Rule: Pee Before You Get On

Connolly, joking here with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, is quick with a quip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was a typical scene at the Capitol Tuesday. The House had just finished its afternoon series of votes, the chamber was emptying and members were scrambling to get back to whatever it is members scramble back to their offices to do.

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April 13, 2015

Exit Interview: Scott Overland Cherishes Congressional Cutups

Leaving the friends he made and inspirational figures he encountered while working on Capitol Hill is no easy task for former staffer Scott Overland.

But he’s made his peace with moving on (Best of luck leading the pack as PetSmart’s man for legislative affairs!) by clinging to the joie de vivre inculcated in him by quick-witted pols.

The communications pro flexed his messaging muscles in both chambers, working first for former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and most recently for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.

Each man, he suggested, knew how to keep things pretty lively. Full story

February 10, 2015

Live, From New York — It’s Al Franken!

It’s been decades since he stood on the fabled stage that so many comedy greats have called home. But come Sunday, Sen. Al Franken plans to be back in Studio 8H to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.”



The Minnesota Democrat, who spent a combined 15 seasons writing for and performing on the sketch comedy juggernaut, told HOH he expects to make the trek to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to watch the live, three-hour reunion show (scheduled to air on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.). “The whole experience was wonderful,” Franken said when pressed about the most memorable moments from over a decade spent with the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.” Full story

February 6, 2015

Cory Gardner, Charlie Rangel School #ThisTown in Skewering Solons

The hundreds of lawmakers, media professionals, staffers and armchair pundits who piled into the Mandarin Oriental ballroom for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s yearly gala Wednesday were treated to a double dose of comedy from a pair of quick-witted pols.

Colorado Republican Cory Gardner and New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel took turns letting each other, their colleagues and everyone else in the room for the 71st Annual Congressional Dinner have it, peppering their tongue-in-cheek remarks with topical barbs.

MSNBC personality Alex Wagner (check out her routine from 27:45-35:01) led the assault by comparing Capitol Hill decorating schemes to hit TV shows. Full story

February 5, 2015

Al Franken: Still a Jokester

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken reminded his fellow senators of his comedic roots on Thursday, taking a pointed jab at the Judiciary Committee’s new GOP majority.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, who joined the Senate in 2009, called Republicans chronically lazy for skipping the panel’s routine markup sessions, now and in the last Congress. Full story

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