Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist's D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity Contest win in September was overshadowed, in part, by comedian Dan Nainan knocking journalist Josh Rogin in the nose. But Norquist went home with a first place win that night and explained to the Atlantic's Steve Clemons exactly how he did it at Wednesday's Washington Ideas Forum.
"I did standard stand-up," Norquist explained, saying he always avoids inserting politics into comedy. (He also said that in D.C. "celebrity" simply means "you've been on C-SPAN.")
"I walked out with a glass of bourbon, set it down and said, 'bourbon, neat, no ice, no water, I never drink water, Dick Cheney tortures people with it. Gives it an awkward taste,'" Norquist said, rehashing his performance.
France was also fodder for the anti-tax crusader, as he explained that it's not necessary to be able to find the European country on a map.
"I wanted to assure all the young people in the audience that this was not an important life skill," he said. "I, in fact, have been to France several times and it has never required me to find France on a map because the nice people at American Airlines, they find it for me."