Howard Eskin, the sports broadcaster who is often a target of Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's barbs, set the tone of Stu's 19th annual Candidates Comedy Night last night with - what else? - a joke:
"This is a night when politicians show their sense of humor by telling us jokes, and we show ours by electing them to office."
The lighthearted charity event at Finnigan's Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets, had local politicians parading to the mike to make funny with professional comedian Joe Conklin.
Conklin and the pols earned a combination of yuks and groans at the event, which raises money for the Delaware Valley chapter of Variety, the charity that serves children with disabilities.