Aly Semigran
November 11, 2011 AT 03:05 PM EST

Who could have guessed that in this Republican GOP circus, it would be he-man Rick Perry who would deliver the comedy gem that late-night comics would come to cherish? (Herman Cain had better start singing about pizza or numbers some more if he wants to reclaim his crown.)

Alas, there’s Perry’s “oops” heard ’round the world, a moment that Jon Stewart kissed the heavens and thanked the comedy gods for. Wanting to save face (and possibly his entire campaign), the new-found comedy treasure stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to deliver the Top Ten List. Watch the “Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses” below. Not only does the Texas governor actually have good timing (which, let’s face it, probably would have come in more handy Wednesday night), but he’s a good sport about the whole thing. Better yet, he even abides by the old comedy rule of three. Well, almost. But, hey, if this whole comedy/politics thing doesn’t pan out for Perry, it looks like he’d make a pretty good Dancing With the Stars contestant. See for yourself:

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