There was a heated battle Wednesday night between the two chambers of Congress: At stake? Bragging rights as the funniest lawmaker on Capitol Hill. Representing the House was Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a former radio host. On the Senate side was Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a former prosecutor in Kansas City, Mo. The two speeches came at the close of the 66th annual Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Pence went first, and started slowly, with a series of predictable jokes which prompted him to apologize at one point for not having written the material himself. He warmed up quickly, however, and brought the house down with a spot on impression of his one and only meeting with former President George W. Bush. "Mike, he says to me in the Oval Office, 'I want you to be encouraged. So I'm the encourager. And I'm going to do some encouraging.' I mean, he said the word six times in five minutes!"

Before the Missouri senator took the stage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave her colleague a quippy intro, "I'd like to thank Claire McCaskill for taking a break from Twittering," she joked, "We're always happy to read your tweets. L-O-L."

By her own admission, McCaskill recycled a few jokes from her lauded appearance at this year's Gridiron Dinner. Among the better ones was a tale about the first time she explained to her young daughter what a "prosecutor" was. McCaskill's daughter listened, then wrote about her mom's job as a Kansas City prosecutor in a fourth grade workbook: "My mom is the hardest working prostitute in Kansas City."

After polling guests at an after-party sponsored by The Hill, it seemed there was no clear winner. "McCaskill is really funny, but Pence used to be a radio host, and that showed in his polish," said one attendee.