Just ran across this gem. Who is the funniest Supreme Court Justice? A 2005 study reported in the New York Times has the answer. Boston University Professor J.D. Wexler has conducted a survey of the transcripts of SCOTUS oral arguments, and … drum roll, please … Justice Antonin Scalia is the semi-official “Court Jester,” with 77 laughs. Justice Stephen Breyer came in second with 45, and Justice Ginsburg quipped in just four laughs. Bringing up the rear was the “Harpo Marx” of the troupe, Justice Clarence Thomas, who added zero laughs — likely because he speaks so rarely. Just one shining example from the “sit down” routine from that Laurel and Hardy (Roberts & Scalia) of the Bench:
– Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
“Consider, for instance, the golden opportunity on Halloween this year when a light bulb in the courtroom’s ceiling exploded during an argument.
It takes two justices, it turns out, to screw up a light bulb joke.
“It’s a trick they play on new chief justices all the time,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who joined the court that month, said of the explosion.
“Happy Halloween,” Justice Scalia retorted.
And then, the kicker. “We’re even more in the dark now than before,” Chief Justice Roberts said.
Not exactly “Laugh Factory” material but for this crowd is passes for riotous humor. Maybe the new additions to the Court will liven things up. I hear Sotomayor plays the violin and can say, “Well,” with the best of ’em. Rochester is that you?
Source: New York Times
— Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger