Mary Smith as seen on Fox News during the Democratic National Convention.

Mary Smith, Denver's funniest Republican, goes national

When last I saw Mary Smith, she was sitting on the patio outside Lime XS on Sixth Avenue, demonstrating how easy it is to imitate Sarah Palin with a borrowed pair of glasses, a ponytail and some lipstick. Chairwoman of the Denver Republican Party, Smith is also the town's funniest -- and most fun -- Republican.

And yesterday, when the real Palin came to Jeffco, Smith took her show on the road, guesting on Red Eye, Fox's late-night (airing here at 1 a.m.) show hosted by Greg Gutfeld and aimed at insomniac conservatives with an eye for the off-color. Smith's fellow guests: musician Gibby Haynes, Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Joe DeVito and Newer.com editor Elizabeth Wolf. Her first time on the show was "actually fun," Smith reports.

I'm betting it won't be her last. Sadly, Smith did not offer up her Palin imitation for a national audience -- but she did do it in the green room. -- Patricia Calhoun

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