D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity: More Economics Comedy Routines

BY Paul Solman  January 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM EDT

Yesterday we featured the econo-comedy of stand-up economist Yoram Bauman at this year’s annual convention of dismal scientists. Today we present a few more snippets from the convention’s comedy session. Emceeing was University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee, a former adviser to President Obama.

Goolsbee was named “D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity” in a competition that also featured Sam Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber,” U.S. News and World Report’s Anna Mulrine, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, WDCA-TV’s Count Gore De Vol, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Chef Geoff, among others.

Though he didn’t perform a routine of his own, Goolsbee did tell this anecdote about Nobel laureate George Stigler.

Stigler was also featured in the routine of Mark Skousen, a former CIA analyst-turned-economist who founded the investment newsletter, “Forecast and Strategies.” Here’s an excerpt of Skousen’s act:

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