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If you’re concerned that your tax dollars are being misspent for tonight’s “Funniest Fed Competition” showcase, consider that the performers had to sign a contract that stated, “No official government time will be used relative to this contest, including but not limited to: time for filling out the application.” Fair enough. But don’t expect a whole lot of jokes about supplemental appropriations. “Government work is not a good inspiration for comedy,” says the Environmental Protection Agency’s Jeff Maurer, “but office work is.” So Maurer extracts comedy from cubicle life. That’s because, he says, most audiences know three things about politics: “1) President Bush is stupid, 2) President Clinton got a blowjob, and 3) Senator Craig tried to have sex with a police officer in a bathroom.” Push them beyond that, and they get hostile. Many of these Funny Fed finalists are not mere dilettantes. Treasury Department funnyman Joey Maranto also performs a one-man show titled “Good Enough for Government Work.” Maranto insists that his off-hour comic antics have received support “all the way up the chain.” “In my show,” he says, “I really try to pay respect to the government worker through humor.” Certainly, one should sympathize with folks who have to deal with 535 type-A managers on the Hill. Included with Maurer and Maranto on the bill are reigning champ Freddi Vernell (FAA), Sam Beamon (Justice), Shahryar Rizvi (Census), and Jimmy Vickers (General Services Administration). The performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Riot Act Comedy Club, 1610 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 625-6229.