Laughing at taxes: Lawyer wins TurboTax laugh contest

A good laugh never hurt anyone, especially at tax time. And Austin attorney John Ramsey came up with enough good laughs about taxes to win the Intuit TurboTax TaxLaugh contest and its $10,000 grand prize. On Friday, Ramsey opened for actor, comedian, and TaxLaugh host Jay Mohr at the Improv in Brea, CA.

Ramsey's three-minute stand up video on YouTube featured jokes about paying taxes with Monopoly money, how his mom wrote the tax code, and his obsession with deductions.

"I got unreasonable about the deductions I wanted, like I had a brother this year who had cancer and at one point in time I yelled to my wife, 'Aw, if it had been me with the tumor, we could have got a deduction.' I really lost perspective at that point."

To lots of laughter, he also remarked, "TurboTax, which I bought to get tax deductions, is tax deductible. That blows my mind."

You can view Ramsey's act. As of Friday, April 4, nearly 21,700 people had watched the clip and their comments were overwhelmingly favorable. "Brilliant stuff," wrote one viewer.

It has been reported that Ramsey has been doing stand-up comedy since 2005 and performs regularly in Texas. To win the TurboTax competition, he beat out more than 125 entries, one with a comedian who joked about the word season being added to the word tax as if the tax season was as much fun as the holiday season or the football season. While the competition was funny, Mohr picked Ramsey as the winner.

"John Ramsey separated himself from the rest of the comics by simply being the funniest," Mohr, who is best known for being the host of "Last Comic Standing" and his role in "Jerry Maguire," told Fox/Business. "I was thrilled to watch the way John put together his stand up act for TurboTax. He is a really funny guy and I look forward to meeting him and seeing him perform live."

Last year, TurboTax sponsored a tax rap contest hosted by Vanilla Ice.


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