2008_08_govp.jpgThe NY Times looks at how Governor Paterson's uses of humor to disarm audiences. Many people attest to Paterson's timing and joke-telling. Two examples: A hilarious response at a National Press Club event earlier this month and his killer answer, right after the Spitzer scandal erupted, to a reporter's question about whether he ever patronized prostitutes. The Governor explained that he started to used humor as a child, because he was lonely and his "way of enjoying time, my way of finding the frivolity in situations.” He added, "I think that was my way of trying to relate to them. It was easier than saying, ‘Hi. I’m David Paterson, and I’m legally blind.’