Bipartisan Comedy: Politicians and Pundits Let Loose at Charity Fundraiser

This year's stand-up exhibited a variety of creative acts, from impressions to storytelling. And the jokes were not all limited to domestic issues.

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., who won bronze, took a jab at the country's leaders.

Speaking of Abdullah Abdullah, a candidate in Afghanistan's disputed presidential elections, Larsen joked, "The guy is so good, they named him twice."

As for what's the difference between elections in Florida and those in Afghanistan?

"After you vote in Florida, they hang chads. After you vote in Iran, they hang everybody," Larson joked.

From Obama to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, no one was spared.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nelson is a fiscally conservative Democrat who opposes the idea of the government-run health insurance plan.

"This honor is a lot easier to accept without a public option," he said, accepting the award.

Charity Controversy

Like many other political happenings in Washington, the event also came with its fair share of controversy.

The contest is billed as a fundraiser for charities and nonprofit organizations, and has also been held in San Francisco and Baltimore. But, the Washington Post reported this week, organizers have failed to make any contributions to charities that have been promised the money in the past five years. Most of the money raised was used for putting together the show, according to the report.

Siegel said that's not all true.

"It didn't tell the whole story of what we're doing for charity," Siegel told ABC News, adding that the money has gone to charity most years.

Siegel said his tax-exempt organization tried but wasn't able to raise enough money to allocate the promised money to charities in the past few years. He said the show this year is expected to cost between $30,000 to $40,000, thanks to sponsorships and donations by participants such as local chef Geoff Tracy.

The cost cuts mean the designee this year, StandUp for Kids in Atlanta, should receive funding from the show, Siegel said.

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