By KTAR.com | June 22, 2016 at 11:31 am UPDATED: June 22, 2016 at 11:31 am
It was a pretty typical beginning to one comedian’s stand-up routine in a room full of Congress members.
The ending was far from typical though, as laughs turned into pleas for gun control from the guest entertainer.
“The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj began his speech at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. doing the usual roasting of the presidential candidates, calling Donald Trump racist and comparing Hillary Clinton to a Toyota Camry.
He then blasted a few media outlets who were in attendance, before finally getting to Congress. In his initial address to members of Congress, it was all fun and games, as he said they are good at setting up fundraisers and going to fundraisers and the like.
Then things took a serious turn.
“If $3.7 million can buy political influence to take lives, if we raise $4 million, would you guys take that to save lives?” Minhaj said.
This was in reference to the mass shooting in Orlando, where 49 people lost their lives in a gay nightclub.
Minhaj didn’t end his speech with a joke or a jab at a certain member. He ended it by pleading members of Congress to do something.
“When I got into comedy, when you guys got into the media, when you guys got into politics, we wanted to do the best work we could possibly do, and is this what you want your legacy to be?” Minhaj said.