On Thursday night, Speaker Paul Ryan displayed some of his comedic skills at the annual Al Smith dinner in New York — which annually features the country’s most prominent politicians trying their hand at stand-up.
“Enough of the applause” Ryan began. “You sound like the cabinet when [President] Donald Trump walks in the room.”
Ryan told the crowd that he hasn’t seen this many “New York liberals” and “Wall Street CEOs” in one room since his “last visit to the White House.”
He praised actress Patricia Heaton who was at the event, calling her a “Hollywood Republican.”
“That is an oxymoron,” Ryan said. “Which clearly was the word that Rex Tillerson was searching for.”
Ryan said his “favorite time of the year” was October, as he set up a punchline about a well-known Governor.
“We got deer season, the leaves are changing, the beaches are empty- or as Chris Christie calls them, ‘perfect,'” Ryan quipped.
Ryan then reflected on last year’s Al Smith dinner, when many claimed then-candidate Trump’s remarks were “offensive.”
“Well, thank God he’s learned his lesson,” Ryan joked.
Ryan said that he’s often asked, “What’s it like to work on a daily basis with an abrasive New Yorker with a loudmouth?”
The Speaker said, “[O]nce when you get to know him, Chuck Schumer‘s not all that bad.”
That line was one of a few jabs Ryan took at the Senate Minority Leader, saying Schumer’s mad at Trump because he lost his “top donor.”
“Look, Chuck is 66 years old,” Ryan said. “which makes him part of the Democratic leadership youth movement.”
Ryan went on to say that almost a year ago, “countless shocked Americans broke into tears over the election results… but enough about the press.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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