Miss America CEO Sam Haskell is known for giving impassioned speeches about the pageant.
In acknowledgement of that fact — and the length of those speeches — the host of the pageant's preliminary competition, Dena Blizzard, unveiled a present for Haskell tonight. A barbershop quartet — pulled off the Atlantic City Boardwalk, she said — to cheerfully harmonize about his long-winded ways.
Blizzard, a stand-up comedian and Miss New Jersey 1995, wrote the lyrics to the song they performed, which included this line:
"Please keep things short / 'cause we've got a gong."
With that, one of the singers banged on a pot.
Updated 2014-09-30: Thanks to Bob Heim of the NassaU Mid-Island Chapter's Toosday Toons bulletin for this more detailed story. 30-Oct-2014