Published December 28, 2011
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter may have a future in standup comedy.
The longtime Pennsylvania senator reportedly took the stage at the Helium Comedy Club's open-mike night in Center City Tuesday night, bringing the crowd to a roar with jokes poking fun at prominent local and national politicians.
"I've been in comedy now for 30 years," Specter said.
Specter, who switched political parties twice during his tenure, took aim at both Republicans and Democrats during his three-minute act, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Targets of Specter's quips included former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former President Bill Clinton and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Speaking of Christie, Specter said the governor was upset after a recent storm damaged his Jersey Shore home because it also destroyed "his entire library - both books. And he wasn't finished coloring one," according to the newspaper.
Specter himself told the Inquirer that "humor is elevating" and he wanted to try it out.
He said, "I might be invited back."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.