Barack Obama’s chief economist is a comedian, has appeared on the Daily Show

By | September 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm | 2 comments | Audio/Video, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

Austan Goolsbee, President Obama’s Chief Economist on the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, is set to take over as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, according to the Washington Post. But if you think all government officials—especially economists—are boring, paper-pushing office workers, you’d be wrong about Goolsbee. In fact, he’s a part-time improv comedian who has even appeared on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.

In this clip, courtesty of Politico, Goolsbee performs at “D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity” contest in October 2009, where he won top prize.

And here he is on the Daily Show in August of last year.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Austan Goolsbee

See, economics can be fun!

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  • Sean


    seemed to have stolen kevin nealon’s ‘subliminal guy’ bit from twenty years ago and made it his own…

  • Dale

    If that’s the funniest person in Washington DC I would hate to see the rest of the field. That was painfully unfunny even by amateur standards.

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