It sounds like Attorney General Eric Holder is practicing a new act for the next time he testifies before Congress.
Over the weekend, Holder went to see comedian and “The Daily Show” regular Lewis Black perform at Washington’s Warner Theatre. “He came backstage, which was nice, cause he said he enjoyed the show,” Black told Whispers. “And then he said that maybe when he was in front of Congress he could do his Lewis Black imitation and then did a good imitation of me.”
Black’s style of comedy involves a lot of name-calling, shouting and finger-pointing, something Holder had gotten down. “He didn’t really so much ‘say,’ but shake his finger and just yell a little,” Black said, noting that it was the best impression of himself that he has seen done by a Washingtonian.
“I’m actually thinking of having him do my next two performances, just to see if my audience even notices,” Black said.
Holder is a regular at Capitol Hill hearings and has made news for his testy exchanges with lawmakers. Just last week, he let Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, have it after Gohmert hinted that Holder didn’t care that the GOP-led House had held the attorney general in contempt two years ago. “You don’t want to go there, buddy, you don’t want to go there, OK?” Holder said.
“You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me – I think that it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust – but never think that that was not a big deal to me, don’t ever think that,” Holder said, as a bemused Gohmert responded, “I don’t want to go there?”
Black’s bedside manner is worse, but that's all part of his shtick. As he stepped up to the dais Monday at the National Press Club, he warned those in the audience and watching C-SPAN of what was to come. “I may use profanity, so – tough,” Black said, before dropping a handful of f-bombs through the hourlong program.
If Holder wants to do his best Lewis Black, swearing included, that's actually OK. According to Susan Swain, C-SPAN's co-president and co-CEO, the indecency rule doesn’t apply to cable, so there’s no regulatory issue if someone lets loose on the channel, on which Holder's hearings also are generally televised. “Once we decide to cover an event, we don’t edit for content,” Swain told Whispers.