Sunday, May 08, 2005

Roy Blount, Jr. is not a senator but he is a comic genius

On NPR's Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me this week, panelist Roy Blount, Jr. sent me into paroxysms of laughter (the only sort of paroxyms I think there are). (He shares the same name as a US Congressman (R-Missouri). They're not related -- the congressman is not a Jr. and spells his name without the "o", but the names are pronounced the same)

A quiz question had been asked about Laura Bush's much-discussed jokes at a White House Correspondents' shindig. The answer given, host Peter Sagal gave a bit of background, the he started to ask the panel :

Peter Segel: Now, panelists, let me ask you, as professional humorists . . .
Roy Blount, Jr. (cutting him off): Timing.