Graham, who is up for reelection in 2014, added, “I don’t think a comedian in the Senate is what we need right now. But, probably, you know, he’s a funny guy. He’s from South Carolina. But I don’t see that happening.”

But Graham seemed to have a change of heart as he continued to consider Colbert as a potential comedic colleague, saying, “But you know what? Anybody that can make us laugh might lead to better dealmaking.”

Of course, a comedian in the Senate is nothing new  — Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWhy Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls Pawlenty to announce bid for Minnesota governor Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ MORE (D-Minn.) yukked it up for years as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member. Franken’s office didn’t return a request for comment about how Colbert would fare at the Capitol.

However, at least one lawmaker is supportive of the idea. “I think he would be a very valued member in many respects in that he seems to know everything about us. So he wouldn’t have any trouble fitting in,” Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea MORE deadpanned. 

When we inquired as to what the Arizona Republican might teach Colbert in order to show him the ropes, McCain, without missing a beat, said to laughs from reporters, “How to shut up.”