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With Washington so partisan and uptight, a reasonable observer might ask: Why do humorists even bother?

According to comedian Elayne Boosler, who performed at the 1993 correspondents’ dinner, the opportunity is simply too good to pass up.

“Do you know how great it is to get to talk back to Congress?” she said. “To have a go at the self-interested people who ruin your little life? It’s a gift. I wish I could do that dinner every night.”