Video: John Boehner (played by Harry Hamlin) explains the minimum wage

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Image Credit: Funny or Die

Harry Hamlin, who recently appeared in Mad Men and Shameless, has a new, unlikely role: John Boehner impersonator.

Hamlin appeared as the politician in a new video for Funny or Die in which he tries to comfort minimum wage employees, discussing the “perks” outside of their hourly pay. Looks wise, it’s a bit of a stretch, but the sketch sure is funny.

“A lot of people have coined me as enemy No. 1 when it comes to raising the federal minimum wage so people can actually live off of what they earn,” Hamlin/Boehner begins. “The truth is, people actually make a lot more money than their hourly wage.”

Boehner offers a few examples: A Jack in the Box employee can make up to $200,000 in bonuses a year, Taco Bell fry cooks have access to company cars, executive steam rooms are available for Wal-Mart employees, gas stations have a 100 percent match for 401ks, and let’s not forget—paid vacations! Is that so? Hmm…

A PA, Brian, tries to correct him but to no avail. He eventually gives up, even as the “perks” become more and more unrealistic.

“Shouldn’t we draw the line somewhere?” Boehner asks, concluding his monologue. And when the cameras “stop rolling,” he asks, “Do you think they bought it?” No, no they didn’t John, nor did they buy your mystic tan.

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