Gored, In Madison, Wisconsin (WARNING: May contain cheese)
On a scorching 35° day in Madison, Wisconsin, deadpan funnyman Al Gore had the audience rolling in the aisle during a rousing performance of his long running "Global Warming" routine.
Only 500 invited guests were allowed inside to see the vaunted comedian, while hundreds of those lacking a sense of humor, were left to swelter outside.
Gore kept the crowd rolling with everything from dry humor about melting icebergs, to droll parodies of everyday carbon-based fuel dependence.
He performed his deadpan imitation of a serious speech in which he declared, with all solemnity, "Never before in human history has a single generation been asked to make such difficult and consequential decisions." Laughter ensured, at what proved to the high point of the evening.
Gore, ever the control freak, got into the moment by actually loosening up enough to take questions from the audience. At one hilarious point during a portion of the show, the microphone was snatched away from from a drunken Irishman in mid-question. Al, while frequently tongue-in-cheek, showed that he also has a warm fuzzy side, by praising a 93 year old attendee, who teaches Al's brand of humor to a new generation of college students at Madison.
Comedian Gore, known worldwide for his appetite for pork, and his propensity to fly planeloads of fellow comedians to comic competitions around the globe, has performed in cities ranging from Rio de Janeiro, to Kyobe, Japan.
Gore made his mark, and his fortune, in 1988 by inventing the internet. He parlayed that fortune into a political career that culminated with his election to the Office of the Vice-President. It was there that he perfected his stand-up routine, and wrote jokes for then President Bill Clinton. After a failed attempt at the presidency, Gore turned to full-time comedy in an effort to support his pork habit.