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March 18, 2013

Zingers and self-mockery lighten up political scene


“We all know the speaker isn’t that funny, so I just wanted to make sure we got the reps here as much as we could to laugh at his jokes. You think it would be tough to get all of them in one place on a Sunday, but actually all you need to offer them is a free meal and a per diem,” Collins said, referring to the payment that some legislators receive for their travel to work. Collins followed up those quips by saying, “I’d better win this race.”

The treasurer was also a target of Collins’ wit.

“Thank you for putting me on after Steve Grossman. I think I’ve had vanilla ice cream with more flavor than that guy,” Collins said, eliciting some shocked sounds from the crowd. “Oh, we love Steve.”

Patrick delivered a video message, which featured a cameo by Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in a racecar driver’s suit, and Senate President Therese Murray attended an event her district.

The video showed a fake press conference, where Patrick said that the new reality shows “Southie Rules” and “Wicked Single” were so bad he had declared a state of emergency and issued a driving ban.

“Did he say driving ban,” the lieutenant governor said, appearing on screen in his race suit.

While jokes got the most laughs, about half the program was devoted to music. Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover), who was Barry “O’Finegold” for the day, showed off his musical talent, playing trumpet for a rendition of the sea shanty “What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor.”

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