A late night looking back on the life and career of Mort Sahl

At 86, the Canadian-born Mort Sahl shows no signs of stopping his satirical look upon and obsession with American politics. Sahl put on three late-night shows last week at New York City’s CafĂ© Carlyle, opening his stand-up performances with an updated plea: “God bless Barack Obama, long may he waver.” He may not pace the stage, and it may take him a few more moments to get there. Once he does, standing in front of the cafe’s piano, in his classic red V-neck sweater, clutching that day’s local newspaper, he’s still equally at ease tossing out a topical joke...

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