Corbett, Wolf Become Funny Foes Leaders Crack Wise in Fundraiser Here

By James O'Toole | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

Corbett, Wolf Become Funny Foes Leaders Crack Wise in Fundraiser Here


James O'Toole, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Did you hear the one about the two candidates for governor who walked into a bar?

Well, it wasn't a bar exactly. It was the Pittsburgh Improv Club in Homestead, where Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf joined a roster of other politicians in cracking wise to raise money for Allegheny County's Department of Human Services' programs for underprivileged children. Last night's event raised an estimated $40,000 and, according to the emcee, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette's Gene Collier, the annual Candidates Comedy Night has raised more than $400,000 for youth programs over its seven years.

In only their second joint appearance of the campaign, they were the headliners on a bill that also included Reps. Mike Doyle, D- Forest Hills, and Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair; county Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; and state Sen. Wayne Fontana. Another state senator, Philadelphia's Mike Stack, also appeared. The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor risked upstaging his senior partner as Mr. Stack has some experience at stand-up comedy. Rounding out the program was an energetic Erin McClelland, the Democrat challenging Rep. Keith Rothfus, R- Sewickley, in the 12th Congressional district.

Ms. McClelland was the only woman on the evening's stage, which gave her the prerogative of offering the first Viagra joke. It was not directed at her opponent, however, for reasons that cannot be cited in a family newspaper.

She followed Mr. Peduto, who still seemed to be having trouble moving on from his city hall victory last year as he couldn't resist making former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl his chief target.

Rep. Murphy took the opportunity to display his musical talent with a faux folk song mocking the Environmental Protection Agency. …

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