Ex-Sen. Specter’s new career is comedy

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) found an open mic and performed Tuesday at a Philadelphia comedy club to tell “some of the inside stories” of Washington.

Specter spun tales of former President Clinton and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), and just the mention of former presidential candidate Herman Cain elicited some of the biggest laughs of the act.

“I should have started with Herman Cain, he gets a helluva laugh just by being identified,” Specter said with a shrug.

Comedy is not just a hobby Specter picked up in retirement after losing his seat in 2010. He said he has been performing for 30 years.

“I’ve been in comedy for 30, for 30 years. The only difference is it’s not stand up, we all have comfortable chairs. It costs, it costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one you like to sit down. It’s sit-down comedy.”

Specter represented Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1981 to 2011, switching from Republican to Democrat in 2009.