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His humor was and remains based on current events, particularly politics, drawing many of his monologues from the day's newspaper headlines. His trademark gimmick was appearing on stage with a newspaper in hand, casually dressed in a pullover sweater.
Following the John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963, Sahl's interest in who was behind it became so great that he became a deputized member of the team that District Attorney Jim Garrison created to investigate the assassination. As a result of this pursuit, Sahl's comedy took a back seat to his politics; his act started including readings and commentary on the Warren Commission Report. As a result, he fell out of the national spotlight for several years.
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