Obama impersonator gets hook at GOP meeting. Why was he hired?
Did organizers of the Republican Leadership Conference give an Obama impersonator the hook because of racially insensitive jokes or because he was making digs at GOP candidates? Hard to say. But the RLC should have known what was coming.
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On the other hand, as Brown himself admits, he’d rambled on for about 15 minutes – and he had just gotten into a portion of his performance that was pretty tough on Republicans.Skip to next paragraph
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He’d made a joke about Mitt Romney possibly having multiple First Ladies, due to his Mormon faith. He’d said Tim Pawlenty was off having his foot removed from his mouth, but not to worry – it was covered under “ObamneyCare.” As to Congresswoman Bachmann, the Obama impersonator said ... well, we don’t know, because at that moment a smiling gent appeared on stage and whisked him away.
However, after looking at all the evidence available to this point, we do have this to ask of the conference organizers: What were they thinking when they booked this guy?
That’s not a comment as to the humor or perceived lack thereof of Brown’s performance. It’s a reference to the fact that if you’re running a political gathering you better make darn sure of what kinds of jokes you’re getting. Look at it this way – if you’re putting together a Red Sox fan banquet, you know attendees want to laugh at jokes about Derek Jeter, not David Ortiz.
And it’s clear from his website that if you hire Reggie Brown you’re not going to be able to predict where the jokes are going. He’s bipartisan in the sense that he’s an equal opportunity offender. Kind of like Stephen Colbert, who in his infamous 2006 appearance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner ripped everybody, including the reporters in his audience.
Brown’s highlight tape includes a joke about how Sarah Palin helped him get elected in 2008. It includes a long riff that involves Arizona’s immigration law, police harassment, and Sen. John McCain. We won’t even get into the one whose punch line includes the words “Lindsey Lohan” and “sobriety.”
Brown promises his performance “will be something your audience will never forget.” Looks like that point was dead on.