Lembit Opik with Paul Merton on BBC One's Have I Got News for You, the day after he was voted out of his Montgomeryshire seat
He lost his seat in the Commons only a few hours earlier, but it did not take Lembit Opik long to pop up on TV again.
The colourful Liberal Democrat was not, however, debating his party's prospects of joining a government coalition.
Instead, he was a guest on BBC One's Have I Got News for You, the day after being ousted by Montgomeryshire voters.
Inevitably, he was the butt of jokes - many of them told by himself, including a plea to speed up filming because he had an appointment at the job centre.
Mr Opik gained a reputation for appearing on such comedy shows during his 13 years as one of the Lib Dems' best known faces in Parliament.
He also had a number of celebrity partners, including the ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd, and Gabriela Irimia, one half of the pop twins, the Cheeky Girls.
In an e-mail, Ms Irimia expressed her sadness at his defeat and said perhaps Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg could explain why Mr Opik appeared to keep a low profile during the campaign.
"Because of his high media profile, Lembit is a key figure in politics. I still can't understand why the Lib Dems didn't make more use of him, especially with TV appearances," said Mr Opik's former fiancée.
Only minutes after he learned a 13% swing to the Conservatives had cut short his parliamentary career, he had vowed: "In the words of Arnie Schwarzenegger, 'I'll be back'."
'Thirteen years and four days'
And on Friday night, he was - in a TV studio, at least. He was introduced by Have I Got News for You host Jo Brand as "one of the few politicians who knows what the future holds for him
a regular slot bantering with Jeff Stelling in dictionary corner [on Channel 4 quiz show Countdown]".
When discussing whether the political uncertainty will be settled, Mr Opik said: "In some cases [his own] it has."
Another guest, comedian Jon Richardson, told him: "It's good that you're not dwelling on it though."
Mr Opik replied: "I'm completely over it."
Team captain Ian Hislop asked him: "After 19 years, is it?"
Mr Opik said: "Thirteen years and four days, roughly. I'm not counting but
To which the other team captain Paul Merton pointed out: "Somebody was."
The laughter flowed, with the 45-year-old former Welsh Lib Dem leader joking: "Can we get on with it? I've actually got an appointment at the job centre in about half an hour."
But Merton responded: "They phoned earlier, they cancelled."
He was told by Hislop that his defeat was the most important event of the election because it was funny.
Mr Opik said: "The great thing about losing my seat is that I can actually take a fee for this now instead of taking this kind of abuse for nothing."
When his team emerged victorious, Merton asked the now former MP, to audience hilarity: "How's it feel to be a winner?"