“If everyone who said they voted for me actually voted for me,I would be running around with Sarah Palin right now,” he said.
Huckabee was one of 10 competitors in a battle of wit and laughter in the Nation's Capital Wednesday at the 15th annual D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity contest at the D.C. Improv.
Huckabee won first place – and a small trophy to prove it . Other politicians,journalists,and power players who tried their hand at the title included CNN political correspondent Jamie McIntyre,Dan Glickman,chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America,and Bob Barr,the Libertarian presidential candidate and former Republican House member from Georgia.
Barr took a swipe at the lack of media coverage surrounding his campaign.
“Me,John McCain,and Barack Obama were at a debate,” he said,dropping his joke card on the stage. “Wait,no,that never happened.”
Barr also satirized his political party's views.
“How many Libertarians does it take to screw in a light bulb?” he said. “None – just sit back and let the free market take care of it.”
Clarence Page,Chicago Tribune columnist,was emcee of the event that drew more than 200 fans to the comedy club.
Huckabee poked fun at his presidential rivals,saying some people have mistaken him for fellow failed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,who,he said,”had more positions than an underage Chinese gymnast on every issue.”
“I heard Fred Thompson actually ran,” he added. “But I never saw him on the campaign trail.”
A few of the celebrities,including Riz Khan of Al-Jazeera radio,pushed the envelope with their comedy.
“Who put me on the billing as ‘explosively funny?'” he cracked.
Glickman likened some of the year's biggest movie hits to the current political scene.
“Who knew when they did the movie ‘Juno' that it was actually talking about Juneau, Alaska?” Glickman said,referring to the pregnancy of Gov. Sarah Palin's teenage daughter.
Some in the audience said that they were especially surprised by Huckabee's performance.
Deborah Wessells of D.C. lived in Florida for a time. She said that most people outside of Washington think that the pundits,journalists and policymakers inside the Beltway are serious workaholics.
“People think that those in Washington aren't funny at all,” Wessells said.
But she said the fundraiser disproved that.
The competition was a benefit for the nonprofit VSA Arts,which integrates the arts into the lives of the disabled. Soula Antoniou,VSA's president,said she was thrilled to see power players show their lighter side. She said the competition offered an opportunity to see each contestant's genuine personality beyond their power personas.
“People outside of Washington don't have that opportunity to see beyond that position,” she said. “What we saw … was something a lot deeper than that.”