Gov. Paterson may want to consider a career as a comedian when he leaves office. The outgoing politician praised Rev. Al Sharpton Friday for “doing for justice what Tiger Woods did for cocktail waitresses” during a birthday celebration for the civil rights leader in Harlem.
Sharpton said he appreciated the comments but added, “I don’t know how Tiger feels about it.”
“Don’t worry governor, I got your back if Tiger comes to Harlem looking for you,” Sharpton replied.
The wisecrack comes a week after Paterson admitted he’s mulling over his next profession, though he said he’s leaning toward helping those he hurt as governor.
“I’d like to go back and advocate for some of the areas that I wasn’t able to service well because of the economic crisis as governor,” he said, referring to HIV patients, the disabled and schoolchildren.
Paterson, whose replacement will be sworn in Jan. 1, also appeared on “Saturday Night Live” two weeks ago.
He appeared on the show’s “Weekend Update,” segment where he compared working in Albany to watching SNL.
“There’s a lot of characters, it’s funny for 10 minutes — and then you just want it to go away,” he quipped.