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The lighter side of sequestration furloughs

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Sean Higgins

The Washington Post has an amusing article up about how sequestration is affecting the DC-area stand up circuit.  Apparently its comedy gold:

It was Thursday night — Sequester Eve — and Rizvi, a 32-year-old IT project planner who moonlights as a comedian, was at a Dupont Circle open-mike night, mining the increasing disquiet of his day job for laughs.

“Our head of our division sat us down and told us how many furlough days we’re going to have, what the plan is if it all goes down,” Rizvi said of the looming $85 billion in across-the-board federal budget cuts. “And I was so [ticked] that he did this. ‘Cause he did this during the meeting when we as a division were going to make our ‘Harlem Shake’ video.”

The small crowd in the Topaz Hotel’s basement bar, a few blocks from the White House, erupted in laughter. Rizvi paused a beat, then continued: “Nobody’s going to dance with a keyboard shirtless now.”

As Rizvi told the Post: “We all get it … You have to be able to make jokes and laugh about this situation we’re in.”

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Sean Higgins

Senior Writer
The Washington Examiner